"There is a need for the approval of the law (on land acquisition) but there are delays because the MPs are busy in (discussing) former decrees by the President. I think it will take six months to pass this phase," said Ibrahim Jafarai, a member of the Natural Resources Monitoring Network.
Work on the $8 billion pipeline project began in Afghanistan in February 2018. At least 816 km of the total 1,814-km-long pipeline will pass through Afghanistan.
The final destination of the pipeline will be the Indian town of Fazilka, near the border with Pakistan.
Afghanistan is expected to earn more than $400 million in transit duties annually from the project. The country will annually receive 500 million cu m of gas from the project in the first 10 years.
The amount will increase to 1 billion cu m of gas for the next 10 years and 1.5 billion cu m of gas in the third 10 years after the completion of the project.