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Nangarharis demand permanent end to power crisis

Nangarharis demand permanent end to power crisis

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Apr 02, 2018 - 20:23

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Residents, civil societyinfo-icon activists and public representatives Monday demanded a permanent solution to the electricity issue in eastern Nangarhar province.

The demand was made at a protest gathering in front of the governor’s house in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

The protestors chanted “we want electricity, “we want permanent solution to this problem and we want our rights.”

Provincial council secretary Zabihullah Zamari, who took part in the protest, told reporters that whenever electricity was cut off to capital Kabulinfo-icon, it plunged Nangarhar into darkness too.

He said government officials had long been promising to resolve the electricity shortage problem in Nangarhar, but the shortage persisted.

Abdul Rahman Moawin, a civil society activist and one of the protestors, said electricity should be given to Nangarhar from Naghlu Dam.

Another protestor, Zarghona Sadat, said weather in Nangarhar had turned hot and now need for electricity felt seriously.

Shortage of electricity in summer is a major problem in Nangarhar.”

Mohammad Naim Walar, a tribal elder, said they would continue agitating until the government resolved their problem. He warned they would block the Kabul-Jalalabad highway if their demand went unnoticed.

Nangarhar power utility head Omaid Sabah assured the protesting residents that there would be no shortage of electricity this new year.

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