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Taliban won’t damage Kajaki dam, believes energy director

Taliban won’t damage Kajaki dam, believes energy director

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Sep 18, 2015 - 19:05

LASHGARKAH (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon activities would not impinge on electricity supply to different areas of southern Helmand province, the director of water and energy said on Friday.

Some officials have voiced concerns concern over the past few days of clashes in the Tangi area of Kajaki district, where the power dam is located. They fear if the militants capture the area, the power system there will be destroyed.

Insecurity would not have any negative effects on the supply of power to the province, Energy and Power Director Syed Rasul told Pajhwok Afghan News.

“In case of opposition from the militants, we would have been unable to supply electricity for cities even for a single day. Currently we are repairing snapped power lines in Taliban-controlled areas with the help of tribal elders,” he said.

After security around the Kajaki deteriorated recently, the contracting company shifted its foreign experts to Kandahar and left a third turbine in the area. The experts would not take any risk.

In a year’s time,the third turbine would be installed to increase the dam’s power-generating capacity to 51 megawatts, he said, claiming the Taliban helped workers to repair snapped power lines.

It would be much better if the insurgents also helpedthe department in shifting materials to the site needed for the turbine’s installation, the director concluded.

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