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Overcharged power customers promised repayment

Overcharged power customers promised repayment

May 17, 2011 - 20:14

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) chief on Tuesday vowed to compensate consumers if extra money had been charged in their electricity bills.

Kabulresidents have complained to the Parliament that DABS officials had charged them with thousands of extra money against original bills. 

"A permanent solution to the problem is that the billing system should be improved. Otherwise, residents would emerge on streets," Senator Maulviinfo-icon Mohaiuddin Munsef, said.

Head of the Senate complaints commission, Zalmay Zabuli, said the problem was with newly installed digital energy meters.

DABS officials have installed about 30,000 new digital energy meters in Kabul city. "In order to avoid such a mistake in future, these digital meters should be removed and replaced with new ones," he said.

DABS head, Abdul Razaq Samadi, who was summoned to the Senate, said the Attorney General's Office and the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon should appoint a delegation to look into the bills.

"If proved that people have been charged with extra money, the DABS will compensate them," he said.

A minority Hindu representative, Anar Kali Hunaryar, complained that the DABS had deprived the community of a discount in electricity for a Hindi temple.


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