Power supply to Jalalabad being improved
JALALABAD (PAN): A 20-megawat transformer would be installed in the near future at a power substation to improve electricity supply to the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Sunday.
Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the transformer would be installed at the Ghochko power substation and connected to the Naghlu hydropower plant.
Breshna Shirkat chief for Nangarhar, Mohibur Rahman Momand, told Pajhwok Afghan News required equipment had been made available and engineers were expected to arrive at the site 20 days later.
He said new transmission lines would help overcome energy crisis in Jalalabad, where the existing supply line fetched 24 megawatts of electricity against its capacity of 90MW.
The official said another two transformers would be installed to extend the facility to the Hesar-i-Shahi industrial park and neighbouring Kunar province.
Momand accused some government departments of not paying electricity dues over the past many years. The issue is becoming more complicated with the passage of time.
He identified the governor’s house, the municipality and the canalisation departments were among major defaulters.
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