Quick Edit | Perilous adventure

Quick Edit | Perilous adventure

A group of Indian companies mandated to mine iron ore from a large deposit in Afghanistan has asked for $7.8 billion in government support and loans for the job . The money, they claim, is required to develop infrastructure that includes a power plant and transport links. In all, the group plans to spend $11 billion in this venture.

A better option would be to directly evacuate iron ore from Afghanistan. The issues at hand can be explained to the Afghans. At a later date, when the situation improves, steel mills and industrial infrastructure can be built.

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