DABS raises tariff after afghani dips against dollar
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the semi-government power distribution company, on Monday announced it had decided to increase electricity tariff with effect from next month due to the afghani’s depreciation against the American dollar.
DABS’s spokesman Wahid Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News they had decided to increase the price of one kilowatt to five afghani because the company suffered losses during the past six months due to the increase in dollar value against the Afghan currency.
“We import electricity from neighbouring countries and pay them in dollars. As the value of dollar appreciated against afghani, they also increased the rate of the electricity,” he said.
According to Tawhidi, Afghanistan each year pays more than $200 million to buy electricity from neighbouring countries.
Local DABS officials in western Herat province had already informed consumers about the increase in tariff.
“In a situation when people are suffering from poverty and joblessness, the increase in electricity price is unacceptable to us,” a resident of Herat City, Sher Ahmad, said.
Another resident, Feroz Mohammadi, said if the government calculated power consumption in dollars, it should also calculated salaries of government employees in dollars to enable people to pay electricity bills.
A few months ago, the Department of Water and Energy increased the price of a kilowatt of electricity from 3.2 afs to 5.2 afs for residential areas, but residents protested against the increase, forcing the department to fix the rate at 4 afs per kw.
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