Govt should honour electricity pledge: Logaris
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Residents say the government should honour its pledge to provide electricity to central Logar province in order factories could be established in the province.
They say government officials had promised them three years ago that electricity would be provided to the province, but the promise could not be kept for unknown reasons.
Nisar Ahmad, a tribal elder in the Kalangar area of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News all provinces neighbouring Kabul had electricity except Logar.
He said electricity not only lightened people’s homes, but also encouraged industry. He accused the Ministry of Water and Energy of having adopted a dual-faced policy when it came to providing electricity to Logar.
Member of a local council, Mohammadullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News former water and energy minister Mohammad Ismail Khan had promised three years back during a visit that Logar would be extended electricity in the near future.
“Ismail Khan had said that electricity would be provided to Logar from Kabul and the project would be completed in a year time before the electricity was extended to districts and villages a year later.”
He said the Water and Energy Ministry was inefficient and had been subjecting Logar to step-motherly treatment.
Azizullah, another resident, asked the government to provide them electricity as soon as possible because life was problematic without power. He said if electricity was provided to Logar, businessmen were ready to establish factories.
Provincial council member Dr. Abdul Wali also said the government should fulfill its promise by providing electricity to the province.
The governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Darwesh, said social, political and security problems had been hindering efforts at extending electricity to Logar province.
These problems had been resolved and the Water and Energy Ministry had promised to provide electricity to the province over the next six months, he added. He also said work on extending electricity from Paktia province to Logar was in full swing.
Local residents currently use electricity generated by diesel-run generators electrifying government offices, shops and houses. One unit is charged 40 afghanis.
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