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Ghazni in darkness since 5 days after power cables cut

Ghazni in darkness since 5 days after power cables cut

Nov 21, 2018 - 19:22

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The power supply line to southern Ghazni province has been cut off in Maidan Wardak province five days ago, with the power utility engineers still unable to repair it due to security problems.

The electricity line was broken during a heavy battle between Talibaninfo-icon and Afghan forces in Shash Kala and Shiekhabad areas of Maidan Wardak province five days ago.

An engineer of Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) in Ghazni, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that most of the times people in Maidan Wardak intentionally cut down power cables to demand money against the electricity flow.

“We have several times tried to repair these cables, sometimes insecurity and local people do not let us reconnect the cables,” he said.

Naqibullah, a resident of Ghazni city, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok that the government should make a working plan for protection of power pylons and cables.

“I run a tourist company here, all my activities are paralyzed in absence of electricity, the government should make a strong program for the protection of electricity networks”, he said.

Sayedullah, another resident of Ghazni city, said the government should severely punish those creating problems for electricity facilities.

“How an ordinary man stands against the government and cuts electricity, if the government punished such people, they would never repeat it,” he said.

A number of other residents of the province had similar complaints.

Governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, said the power line was cut off during a battle with the Taliban militants.

“After the battle, the Taliban intentionally cut off the electricity, now as power utility technicians go to the area for repairing the cables, the Taliban do not allow them,” he said.

He added that efforts were underway for repairing the power cables as soon as possible.

On the other hand, a Taliban spokesman, ZabihullahMujahid, said that the electricity to Ghazni had been cut by Afghan forces.

“We never cut power cables but police during clashes fire at cables and cut electricity,” he said.

Electricity was supplied to Ghazni a year back but it has since been several times cut in Maidan Wardak province.


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