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Nangarhar’s electricity shortage 80pc resolved

Nangarhar’s electricity shortage 80pc resolved

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May 28, 2018 - 17:42

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Power department officials in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday said 80 percent of electricity shortage was resolved with installation of a new 20-megawatt transformer.

The officials said it was the fourth transformer to be installed in the province, increasing the power supply to 75 megawatts.

Provincial power department head Omaid Sabah told Pajhwok Afghan News that the new transformer was installed in Hamisha Bahar Substation on Sunday to electrify houses of 20,000 more people.

The transformer has the ability to run 10 to 12 factories in Sheikh Mesri Industrial Park where the number of factories would increase to 34, he said.

 The electricity shortage in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, would be resolved by 80 percent with the transformer’s installation while Rodat district would be facilitated with solar electricity, he said.

Sabah added that efforts for building a power dam in Kama district were underway to resolve electricity shortage of local residents there.

He thanked Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) for providing technical cooperation in installation of the transformer.

Meanwhile, Eng. Sayed Akram, a lawmaker from Nangarhar province, welcomed installation of the transformer and urged the central government to develop a long-term plan for electricity problem of the province.

He said Nangarhar was a great place for factories and resolving electricity problem of the province would create jobs for thousands of people.

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