Low power voltage irks Herat residents
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of western Herat province on Wednesday complained against low voltage of electricity imported from neighboring Iran and Turkmenistan.
They said frequent power outages and low voltage in the month of holy Ramadan had created serious problems for them and damaged home appliances.
But Wahid Ahmad Kamrani, acting head of the Breshna Shirkat for Herat, said growing gap in demand and supply of electricity supply, technical problems existing within the system and increase in the temperature in Herat and Turkmenistan were main reasons of outages and low voltage.
“We talked to officials concerned in Turkmenistan who said demand for electricity supply had surged in their country and Afghanistan and that was why there was more load shading,” he added.
Currently, the Breshna Shirkat was importing 120 megawatt electricity from Iran and 20 megawatt from Turkmenistan to Heart. Authorities had planned to start work over import of another 60 megawatt from Iran and 20 megawatt from Turkmenistan in coming month.
Wakil Ahmad, the resident of Herat City, the provincial capital, said people have been suffering from electricity outages.
Another resident Sarwash said poor supply had damaged electrical tools such as fans, oven, water pumps, lights and others.
A civil society activist Khalil Parsa said incompetency of the employees of Breshna Shirkat and existing corruption added to problems of electricity in the province.
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