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Tired of frequent power outages: Kabul residents

Tired of frequent power outages: Kabul residents

Jul 20, 2020 - 14:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Kabul residents complain of long power load-shedding, saying the problem generally happens in the winter. However, they resent, the frequent outages occurring this summer.

Abdul Saboor, a resident of Families area near Qanbar Square, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had failed to address the electricity issue in Kabul over the past two decades.

“The situation is worse compared to the past. We previously experienced load-shedding in the winter but this summer the light remains off for hours at a stretch,” he remarked.

Corruption happened in electricity distribution, because some areas enjoyed uninterrupted power supply, while others were hit by long periods of load-shedding, he alleged.

“I don’t ask the government to address this issue because expecting the authorities to resolve our problems is like hoping against hope, or deceiving ourselves,” he grumbled.

Idrees Ahmad, an inhabitant of the Qala-i-Wahid area in the 5th police district, said they had to go without electricity every day, something that troubled the sick and the elderly.

He explained that many people were working online from homes due to the coronavirus outbreak. Their work disrupted by the absence of electricity, he argued.

Shamsul Huda, a resident of the 9th police district, said: “Our electricity problem has not been resolved; we face the problem in the winter and summer alike.”

He claimed they went without electricity for six to seven hours daily. Students and workers needed electricity and the Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Shirkat should pay due attention to resolving the problem, he demanded.

Wahidullah Tawhidi, spokesman for Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS), told Pajhwok the reason behind frequent load-shedding was warm weather, resulting in greater electricity consumption.

“We have also received complaints but DABS has no problem. Now that the weather is warm, people need more water and electricity. The main reason is greater use of electricity.”

He added the DABS would soon address the issue in areas that faced unreasonably long spells of load-shedding.




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