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Helmandis stage sit-in against high electricity price

Helmandis stage sit-in against high electricity price

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Jul 31, 2019 - 16:59

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Tribal elders, civil activists and residents of southern Helmand province have set up a protest camp against high electricity price in front of the Water and Power Department.

Sherin Jan, a local elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News ordinary people had been paying high electricity prices over the past two years, while the power was supplied to them from the Kajaki hydro power dam.

He said common people who were fed up with the situation set up the protest camp.

He warned of closing the power utility department’s gates if the issue was not resolved at the earliest possible.

Representing shopkeepers , tribal leader Haji Abdullah Aka said the power tariff was reasonable in other provinces despite being imported electricity but its rate was high in Helmand where electricity was produced.

The price of one kilowatt of electricity was five afghanis in other provinces but the same amount of power was priced at 15 and 25 afghanis. He informed they would continue their protest until the electricity rate was decreased.

Civil societies coordination head Nazar Mohammad Rodi said they had shared the issue with officials in Kabulinfo-icon but no measures were taken.

He grumbled common people were struggling with bad economic situation and high electricity prices added to their miseries.

Civil activist Abdul HaqZwakman that electricity price had been decreased but the officials concerned continued to charge the old rate.

Provincial electricity department director Eng. Nasrullah Qani told Pajhwok that increase or decrease in electricity prices was the authority of the central office.

He said a Turkey company, responsible for executing the Kajaki dam affairs, had started installation work on a new turbine at the dam at a cost of $19 million. The turbine would produce 100MW electricity after installation.

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