During his first visit to India as a minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal Mekdad met with high-level Indian officials to discuss strengthening bilateral relations and the status of a credit line that India extended to Syria before the conflict.
Shortages of natural gas and dysfunctional power plants have forced the government to tighten rationing of electricity in response to an intensifying power crisis.
The government has once again extended the bidding deadlines for six power projects after failing to attract contractors and funding. However, two small turbines in Banias and Deir-ez-Zor have been rehabilitated.
A delegation from an Indian company visited Damascus this week with a view to restart construction works on a power plant.
The attack last week of two large industrial concerns near Damascus highlights the persistent lack of security for people and businesses in areas only a few kilometres away from the Syrian capital.
India’s BHEL has resumed works on a Syrian power plant, three years after the suspension of its activities in the country.