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Laghman, Nangarhar plunge into darkness again

Laghman, Nangarhar plunge into darkness again

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Jul 21, 2015 - 14:49

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Electricity from the Naghlu hydropower plant to eastern Laghman and Nangarhar provinces has been cut off due to technical issues in supply lines, an official said on Tuesday.

The two provinces are fed 48 megawatts of electricity from the Naghlu dam in Sarobi district of central Kabulinfo-icon province.

Nangarhar electricity department director Mohib Rahman Momand told Pajhwok Afghan News the technical errors had resulted from heavy downpours and windstorm.

“Today (Tuesday) at 3:20am the supply lines from the dam developed technical errors in the Badpakh district due to windstorm and heavy raining. We have sent two teams to fix the problem,” he said.

The Laghman governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the two technical teams had started repairing the lines and the issue would be resolved soon.

He said there were many pylons and the teams would examine each pylon to detect the technical error.

Noor Mohammad, a resident of Laghman, said electricity from the dam was often cut off either by armed men or heavy rains, asking the government to find a permanent solution to the issue.

In Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, residents held similar complaints and hoped for an early solution to the issue.

Resident Rahat Gul said Nangarhar was a commercial area where power outages created numerous problems for residents.

Electricity to the two provinces remained cut off for eleven days during the fasting month of Ramadaninfo-icon after residents of the Ozbin area in Sarobi district cut down the cables.

The residents said they would not allow the cables to be repaired until they were extended electricity. Later government officials conditionally agreed to their demand.

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