Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the inauguration of the new Parliament building in Kabul after he was extended an invitation by visiting Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
According to a source, the Indian side was recently informed that as elections are drawing near, the outgoing Parliamentarians have expressed a wish to mark the end of their term from the new Parliament building. “The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which is carrying out the work on India’s behalf, has assured Afghan officials that all work will be wound up by September 30, and the Parliament building will be functional by October for their last session. The only work left is carpeting and sound system, the rest has been completed,” the source told The Hindu .
The Rs.710-crore project, initiated in 2009 and initially scheduled for a December 2012 completion, is part of India’s $2-billion aid.