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Ghor defaulters refusing to pay outstanding bills

4 Dec 2019 - 15:27
4 Dec 2019 - 15:27

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan province say they shared list of power defaulters with judiciary organs nine months ago, but the outstanding bills remain unpaid.

Eng. Yasin Norzad, DABS head for Ghor, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the police headquarters, provincial civil hospital and 450 residents owed 18 million afghanis in unpaid power bills.

The unpaid bills of these departments and residents belonged to 1396 and 1397 solar years, he said, adding that the list of defaulters was shared with judiciary organs nine months ago, but the problem still persisted. “We are obliged to take more serious action against our defaulters,” he said.

Defaulters’ response

Pajhwok Afghan News attempted to contact Ghor police headquarter and civil hospital for comment about the issue, but no one responded.

Residential defaulters’ response

A number of residential power defaulters told Pajhwok that they did not pay their electricity bills due to their economic problems and miscalculation of their consumption.

Sayed Mohammad, a resident of Dara-i-Qazi area of Firozkoh, the provincial capital, said, “Our bills amounted 800 to 900 afghanis in previous months, but the power utility suddenly sent us 2,400 aghanis bill, when we referred to the power utility, we found that we had received wrong bill, I cannot pay the bill until it is corrected.”

Mohammad is a teacher who receives monthly salary of 8,000 afghanis.

Nisar Ahmad, another resident of the city, said, “We use two lights and a TV but we receive bills of 1,000 to 2,000 afghanis each month, I cannot afford this.”

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