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President inaugurates Maidan Wardak-Ghazni power project

President inaugurates Maidan Wardak-Ghazni power project

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Jan 04, 2018 - 18:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday launched the supply of 220 kilowatt imported electricity to southern Ghazni and central Maidan Wardak provinces.

During the inauguration ceremony in Chamtala area of the capital Kabul, the president ordered Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) head to provide medial treatment to Jamshid, an engineer of the project who was injured during work and appreciate all other engineers and workers who contributed in the completion of the scheme.

“Today is really a day of light when people’s houses are enlightened in Maidan Wardak and Ghazni provinces,” he said.

He congratulated the people of the two provinces and said a long awaiting demand of Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces was met today.

Eleven provinces including Ghazni and Badghis that pay double or four times higher in power bills would be paid serious attention, Ghani said.

He said that it was part of the national program to provide balanced electricity services to all the people of the country.

The president thanked DABS, Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Finance for what he said, fundamentally changed the electricity plan.

“Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces benefited the electricity today, Logar, Paktia, Nangarhar, Kunar, Bamyan and the whole country would have access to this service tomorrow as result of this plan, we would witness further development in the energy sector,” he said.

 “Foreign advisors told us that we should import electricity for 10 years and do not invest on domestic production of the energy, but the current electricity plan would help us to produce our own energy besides importing it,” Ghani said.

He said that the government first goal was to have a single electricity network and secondly to self-sustain Afghanistan in the electricity area as well as transit 15,000 megawatts of electricity from central Asia to south Asia.

The third goal is the provinces that cannot access the electricity network should be provided with solar generated energy, he said.

About natural gas generated electricity, the president said that Shebrghan and Mazar-I-Sharif cities were provided with 90 megawatts of gas generated electricity with the private sector investment, what he said would positively impact the northern part of the country.

“Water is our dignity, we should protect it, DABS and our sectorial ministers should not be responsible for social dimensions,” he said.

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