Faizabad residents have only 4-hour access to electricity
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The residents of Faizabad, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province, complainof access to electricity for only one hour every six hours.
“We don’t have regular power supply. If we have one hour of electricity, we go without the facility for five hours. Even we can’t charge the batteries of our mobile phones,” grumbled one inhabitant of the 1st municipality district.
Mohammad Rasul told Pajhwok Afghan News even then inflated power billswere sent to the people, paying 28 afghanis per kilowatt. He says they have not money to pay for electricity from private generators.
The government should extend transmission lines from Takhar province or construct a water dam in Badakhshan to resolve the problems of the people, he suggests.
On the hand, Director of Energy and Power Eng. Sultan Attayee says five power generators could produce only 1.5 MW of power in a city of 7,700 families.
In order to let each household meet important needs, the authorities are obliged to provide at least four hours of electricity to city residents in 24 hours, he argues. More than 2,000 families of the city do not have government electricity.
Another resident of the sixth municipality district, Hayatullah, says: “Wehave to use lanterns or candles at night, but even then my two children can’t study.”
Even if round-the-clock supply is ensured, he cannot afford to pay 28afs per kw. He wants the government to resolve the problem and provide electricity to citizens at a lower cost.
They have another power generator with the capacity of 1MW in the province to provide electricity to the rest of the families. But more than four hours of power a day could not be supplied, said Deputy Director of Energy Eng. Mohammad Din.
The only way of resolving the problem is the construction of the Shorabak power dam to be constructed at a cost of 30 million euros. Funded by Germany, work on the dam has been delayed over the past three months, he says.
Kokcha river zone head Eng. Mohammad Rafi Behman says Germany has granted a contract for building the dam to Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).
In the digging process, sand in the land has resulted in enhanced work quantity, prompting TIKA to request Germany and the Ministry of Energy and Water to increase funding.
According to the procurement law, whenever work gets increased, it is the president’s prerogative to enhance the budget for a project or decline such a hike request, he concludes.
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