Baghlan residents say no electricity since a week
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Electricity has been suspended to hundreds of families in northern Baghlan province since a week, residents said on Wednesday.
They claimed powerful and wealthy persons have never been subjected to such prolonged outages and poor people were kept without power for weeks.
Earlier, scores of protesting residents stormed the municipality building in the first municipal district of the provincial capital, Pul-i-Khumri, accusing electricity officials of irresponsible behavior.
Mohammad Sherin, a resident of the locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News there was no electricity in the area over the past one week. “We approached the Breshna Shirkat, but no one paid attention to our problem.”
Ghulam Hussain Haidar, head of the Ghori Breshna Shirkat head, acknowledged the problem and blamed the blackouts on the arrival of winter season when demand for electricity increased. “Therefore outages increase as supply declines.”
He said residents of the first municipal district consumed more electricity than available.
The population of Pul-i-Khumri is estimated at 80,000 people while the Breshna Shirkat supplies electricity to more than 25,000 consumers.
The province produces five megawatt of electricity from its hydropower plant besides the electricity imported from Tajikistan.
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