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Herat power pylons blown up for 6th time in a year

Herat power pylons blown up for 6th time in a year

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Oct 02, 2019 - 18:11

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Electricity pylons in western Herat province have been blown up by Talibaninfo-icon militants for a sixth time this solar yearinfo-icon, local officials said Wednesday.

Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) or power utility officials in Herat say power pylons, which import electricity from Turkmenistan and Iran, and from Herat’s Salma Dam, were each destroyed twice this year.

Delawar Murad, DABS acting head for Heart, told Pajhwok Afghan News that reconstructioninfo-icon of each pylon cost around 500,000 afghanis.

Three million afghanis were spent on repairing power pylons destroyed by the militants during the last one year, he added.

“Taliban recently destroyed a power pylon in Kashk Rubat Sangi district of Herat and currently half of the province’s populations are without electricity,” he added.

On the other hand, Herat residents and provincial council members asked militants not to target welfare projects.

Hewad Wardak, a resident of Herat city, said, “It is intolerable that the militants destroy power pylons on a daily basis, the government should take a serious action, pylons should be protected against any threats.”

Zahir Tahiri, another resident said, “When Taliban destroy power pylons, it proves their weakness and ordinary people have to pay the price.”

“We have no electricity for the last several days and have no water. The Afghan government should pay attention to the problem.”

On the other hand, a number of provincial council members of Herat criticized the Taliban for targeting public facilities, saying the government should take measures at reducing such challenges.

Wakil Ahmad Karokhi, a provincial council member, said, “The government should take serious measures for protecting power pylons and not to let the Taliban destroy them.”

Electricity is supplied to Herat province from two foreign links and one internal source.

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