190m afs unpaid: Power bill defaulters named in Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The Water and Energy Department of northern Kunduz province on Monday named 670 electricity bill defaulters including some government entities and powerful individuals owing more than 190 million afghanis in outstanding amounts.
The department director, Eng. Hamidullah, told journalists that some powerful individuals and civil and military agencies had been refusing to pay their electricity arrears for years.
Showing documents in support of his claims, the director said the police headquarters owed the Energy Department 20 million afghanis, the governor’s office three million afs, the municipality one million afs, the provincial civil hospital six million afs, the central prison four million afs, Sherkhan port’s customs office two million afs and the public health department two million afs.
He said some powerful individuals who had been notified were yet to clear their dues.
Hamidullah also named some individuals like Zalmai, Sher Ahmad, Haji Azim, Abdul Qudus, Mullah Buri and Mohammad Ishaq who had to clear their outstanding dues between 10,000 to 100,000 afghanis.
The Energy Department, he said, had informed these defaulters through formal channels many times but nothing happened as of now.
He warned if the bills were not paid off, Tajikistan might cut its electricity being imported to the province.
Khush Mohammad Nasratyar, a member of the provincial council, urged all defaulters to pay their dues without further delay.
Abdul Wadud Wahedi, the governor’s spokesman, said the governor had directed all the departments to clear their bills and if they did not have sufficient budget, they should ask their relevant ministries.
He cited the lack of budget as the main reason behind the failure of all the departments, including the governor’s office, to clear the receivables.
He asked the Energy Department to dispatch names of all defaulters in order to be dealt with through police.
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