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Balkh urea factory teeters on the brink of collapse

Balkh urea factory teeters on the brink of collapse

May 31, 2020 - 18:38


KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Workers of the Fertilizer and Power Plant in northern Balkh province say the Afghan Gas Enterprise has given the gas they need to Bayat company in Shiberghan city, bringing the plant to the verge of collapse.

The factory suspended productions two months ago, rendering hundreds of workers jobless. The jobless workers on Sunday staged a protest rally and asked the central government to address the issue as soon as possilbe.

Eng. Abdul Ahad Wahid, in charge of workers in the factory, told Pajhwok Afghan News that at least 1,650 individuals who worked in the plant were jobless for the last two months.

He said the factory stopped productions after the Afghan Gas Enterprise supplied its gas to Bayat private firm in Jawzjan in order to produce electricity.

He warned the factory was on the verge of collapse and asked the government to probe the issue seriously and rescue the plant from failing.

He said endangering national and state assets was treason and the Afghan Gas Enterprise should be held responsible.

“Financial corruption will unearth if the issue is probed and what law allows them to provide the right of a state company to a private firm?” he asked.

Rahmatullah Hamdam, in charge of productions in the plant, told Pajhwok they would continue their protest until the issue was resolved.

He emphasized that the Afghan Gas Enterprise could help develop private companies but said it reserved no right to provide the right of a state company to a private one.

Hamdam warned to close Mazar-i-Sharif-Shiberghan highway if their protest was ignored.

Pajhwok tried to contact Afghan Gas Enterprise officials for comment but nobody responded.

Abdul Rahman Afghan, the factory director, confirmed to Pajhwok that their factory had stopped productions two months ago. He said they had called explanation from the Afghan Gas Enterprise.


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