30 April, 2002 – Iran is to build three major dams in Kurdestan costing rls 10 000bn ($5.7bn), the provincial governor announced Sunday.

Governor General of Kurdestan province, Assadollah Razani said that feasibility studies are under way for the construction of three
major dams for transfer of extra water from the western parts
of Kurdestan province to other neighbouring provinces.

Razani told a group of provincial planning officials that a
dam building study first began in 1939 and has been seriously pursued since 1996. He said that funding had been earmarked for the project.

Once the dams are built, about 2.6 billion cubic meters of water flowing out from Kurdestan province would be transferred to neighbouring provinces through more than 120 km of tunnels and 400 km of canals.