Jalalabad residents demand electricity connections
JALALABAD (PAN): Dozens of people staged a protest demonstration against the energy and water department in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday.
The protest in Qasaba area of Jalalabad condemned the department for what they said unjust distribution of electricity connections to residents.
The protesting residents said Nangarhar was supplied up to 12 mega watts from Naghlu dam, but the electricity was extended to areas where government officials resided.
They bought electricity from generator owners against high rates in the absence of government electricity.
A Qasaba resident Rahmatullah told Pajhwok Afghan News many energy department officials owned power generators.
Water and Energy Director Mohibur Rahman Momand said six teams had been involved to urgently complete a power distribution project in Jalalabad.
“It is not an easy task to distribute electricity to thousands of families in a short span of time,” he said, adding Jalalabad residents should not put pressure on the department employees and should let them continue their work.
Nearly 5,500 families have been provided with connections in Jalalabad, where 4722 families remain deprived of the facility.
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