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Nangarhar power being supplied to Kabul: Muslimyar

Nangarhar power being supplied to Kabul: Muslimyar

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Jan 29, 2017 - 14:59

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday lashed out at the power utility for supplying Nangarhar’s electricity to Kabul.

A statement from the Nangarhar governor’s house said Muslimyar met Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) chief, Qudratullah Dilawari. Muslimyar stressed Nangarhar’s electricity issue be resolved immediately.

The recommendation by Muslimyar comes as Nangarhar and Laghman provinces have been witnessing frequent and prolonged power blackouts over the past few weeks. Officials, however, have been tight-lipped on the issue.

Muslimyar said the DABS had promised over and over again to resolve power issues but so far no progress had been made in this regard.

The DABS chief had promised completing installation work on Nangarhar’s third transformer with the capacity of 20-megawatt in three months. But the work has not been done yet.

He also expressed concern over the stoppage of work on Daronta Power Plant’s reconstruction and recommended its early resumption

“Nangarhar province has a right to 31MW of power. Why are you supplying it 25MW? And when there is lack of power in Kabul, why do you supply Nangarhar’s power to Kabul?” the Senate chairman asked Dilawari. Muslimyar promised he would not let anyone usurp Nangarhar rights or snatch its share of electricity.

The DABS chief said the third transformer installation work would be launched within 10 days and would be completed until summer. He also pledged the Daronta dam’s work would resume soon.

He said Nangarhar would be provided with 30MW of power and blackouts in Kabul would not affect power supply to Nangarhar. There would be no unscheduled loadshedding in Nangarhar.

Dilawari said with financial support from World Bank, spadework for Nangarhar’s 40-megawatt solar plant had been completed and practical work would be initiated in near future.

He added the Kabul-Jalalabad power pylons’ installation awaited the National Security Council’s approval, after which work on the project would begin.

sns/mud

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