Nangarhar residents demand immediate restoration of electricity supply
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A number of residents and civil society activists of eastern Nangarhar province asked the government to restore power supply to the province promptly, accusing the local authorities and the power utility on negligence.
Ten days ago, power to Jalalabad City, the capital of Nangarhar province was cut during a clash between Afghan forces and the Taliban in Badpakh area of Laghman province.
Dr. Shukrullah Mashkor, a civil society activist told a press conference in Jalalabad city that the government should resolve the power problem within 48 hours.
“If the central and local government did not resolve the problem within 48 hours, we will not be responsible for anything happens later,” he warned.
A tribal elder, Eng. Noor Afzal Musleh also said the government should take a decisive action for restoring power supply to Nangarhar.
The power cables in Badpakh area should be reconnected through any possible ways including the usage of military force, he said.
Residents and civil society activists at the end of the conference decided to shut the governor’s house if the government failed to resolve the electricity problem in the next 48 hours.
On the other hand, Nangarhar officials say they were struggling for finding a solution to the problem.
Governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani said Governor Salim Kunduzi has discussed the issue with the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) or power utility officials for resolving the problem.
“We are also talking with people in Badpakh to help the power utility in reconnecting the electricity cables there,” he said
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