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Herat govt entities, industry owe DABS 1.7 billion afs

Herat govt entities, industry owe DABS 1.7 billion afs

Dec 17, 2017 - 17:00

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Government entities, industrial units and residents owed 1.7 million afghanis in electricity bills to the Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Shirkat (DABS), an official said on Sunday.

Waheed Kamrani, provincial head of DABS, told Pajhwok Afghan News an amount of over 350 million afghanis was payable by government institutions, 75 million afs by the industry and 320 million afs business.

Among the government departments, the official explained, the customs department and the Afghan National Army (ANA) were the biggest defaulters.

Over the past few years, Kamrani alleged, 2,300 consumers in 17 villages of Kahsan and Shahrak-i-Torghondai districts had not paid their electricity bills.

If the government departments, the private sector and residents did not clear their electricity dues, he warned, DABS might not be able to provide good services.

Toryalai Tahiri, deputy head of the Provincial Council, called the non-payment of electricity bills against the law and urged government institutions to pay the DABS its dues.

“Every government institution is responsible for paying its electricity bills,” he said, remarking: “The non-payment of bills means heads of the defaulting department are irresponsible.”

Jilani Farhad, the governor’s spokesman, said efforts were ongoing to include the government departments’ bills in this year’s budget.

He added meetings at local level had been held and the institutions concerned would inform the ministry about the payment of dues.

DABS officials say if the provincial departments and residents failed to clear their bills, they will not be in a position to make payments to Iran and Turkmenistan for power imports.



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