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2 power junctions: Unpaid bills reach 28 million afs

2 power junctions: Unpaid bills reach 28 million afs

Aug 08, 2017 - 20:28

KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 80 consumers of two power supply towers in capital Kabul owe 28 million afghanis in unpaid electricity bills while some used direct hooks illegally.

A copy of documents from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) obtained by Pajhwok Afghan News show nine costumers of the third junction defaulted on electricity bills amounting to 9.2 million afghanis.

According to the documents, buildings belonging to Mohammad Karim Khalili, head of the High Peace Council (HPC), owes 5.6 million afghanis to the power utility.

Abdul Latif Burhani, assistant to Khalili, said he was unaware about the exact amount of unpaid bills of the Khalili buildings, but 900,000 afghanis had been paid to DABS and the rest of arrears would be also cleared soon.

He said the arrears remained unpaid from the time when Khalili served as vice-president to former president Hamid Karzai.

The power bills on Khalili remained unpaid because electricity consumption costs of the president and his vice-presidents were paid by the Office of Administrative Affairs, but the new government denied paying the bills, he said.

The documents show university students of the Hezb-i-Jamiat Islami party also defaulted on bills amounting to more than 2.5 million afghanis.

A guesthouse of Haji Zahir Qadir, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar, also owes more than 370,000 afghanis in electricity bills.

Gen. Daud, a former military commander, owes 210,000 afghanis and three other powerful individuals 462,000 afghanis, all from the third junction.

10th Junction

The documents reveal that 72 consumers of the 10 power junction have to pay more than 19 million afghanis in electricity bills.

Fourteen of the consumers’ electricity was cut off after they did not clear their dues for a long time, but they started using the electricity by illeal means. Power connections to 19 consumers have been permanently cut.

The defaulters’ list includes four former jihadi commanders: Abdul Hadi owes 147,000 afs, Safiullah more than 100,000 afs, Mohammad Amir 56,000 afs and Shir Dil 40,000 afs in unpaid bills.

Nawroz, head of the water supply company for Khwaja Baghra-i-Jadid area, owes four million afs and 66,000 afs for consuming power at two houses.

The time not paying the bills by the 72 different consumers ranges from six months to seven years.

Former jihadi commanders and the water supply company head could not be reached for comments.

Waheed Tawhidi, DABS spokesman, said the defaulting consumers list from the 14 junctions would be shared with the media.

He said the list had been sent to the Administrative Office of the President and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) for needed measures.

Tawhidi said if all unpaid power bills were cleared, the power utility could protect, maintain and extend electricity networks using the money.

DABS on July 30 said seven billion afghanis was payable by some government, private organizations and ordinary people in unpaid bills, warning if the money wasn’t paid the defaulters’ list would be shared with the media within 10 days.

Based on Pajhwok report, DABS had unveiled a list of defaulters in October 2016 as well. Consumers of the power utility owed about three billion and 300 million afs last year to DABS and among them the biggest defaulter was 1st VP Gen. Abdul Rasheed Dostum, who owed 36 million afs.