Helmand consumers owe 120m afs in unpaid power bills
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Local Breshna Sherkat (power utility) officials on Monday said some government departments and people owed 120 million afghanis in unpaid electricity bills to the company in southern Helmand province.
Provincial Breshna Sherkat director Nasrullah Qanai told Pajhwok Afghan News in addition to some government offices, a number of local people were also defaulting on electricity bills.
The defaulting government offices include the governor’s house relevant guesthouses, enterprises, prisons, masonry and carpentry factory, the public health department and some other government offices.
“A number of people including powerful individuals have also not paid their power bills,” he said, adding all these people and government offices owed 120 million afghanis in total to the Breshna Sherkat.
“I have provided a list of 170 people including 30 government officials who would be introduced to the attorney’s office soon because they are yet to clear their arrears,” he said.
Qanai said the Breshna Sherkat could provide good services only when people and government departments paid their bills in-time.
Masonry and carpentry factory head Mohammad Lal confirmed his factory was a defaulter.
“We do not deny our arrears, but the general situation of our performance is weak because our income is very low,” he added.
He said the Breshna Sherkat had cut off power supply to the factory over the past two months, an issue he had shared with the government officials concerned for solution.
Karkar added he would pay the arrears as soon as his factory earned some income.
Not only in Helmand, government offices and some people in other provinces including capital Kabul also owe millions of afghanis in unpaid power bills to the power utility.
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