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Paktika residents demand imported electricity

Paktika residents demand imported electricity

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8 Jun 2022 - 20:23
Paktika residents demand imported electricity
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8 Jun 2022 - 20:23

SHARAN (Pajhwok): The government has been unable to provide regular electricity to southeastern Paktika province for years, complain residents, shopkeepers and traders, saying the issue has made people’s daily life difficult.

They demanded that the government provide the province with electricity imported from Central Asian countries.

A shopkeeper in Sharan, the provincial capital, called the lack of regular electricity as the biggest problem being faced by residents of the province.

He added that residents currently consumed solar and diesel power from a private company which has low capacity and cannot meet the needs of the customers.

He said electricity price of the private company was high and it sold one kilowatt for 50 afghanis.

He said some people could not afford the electricity and were forced to use solar power to meet their needs.

If the government provided regular electricity to Paktika, it would electrify government departments and mitigate people’s problems.

Hassan Khan Ehsan, another shopkeeper, made similar complaints, saying that due to the lack of regular and quality electricity in the province, traders and investors were reluctant to invest and establish small factories, parks and apartments in the province.

He urged the government to pay attention to Paktika and provide it with imported electricity as traders and investors were forced to invest in other provinces due to lack of electricity.

He said the government should give the province a share in the electricity imported from Central Asian countries to Afghanistan in order to solve the problems of the people and pave the way for investment.

Officials of the Paktika Electricity Department acknowledged the concerns of the people and said no work was done in the past 20 years in this regard in the province.

Mohammad Ayub Shah Khwaja, head of the power department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he had talked to senior officials about supply of the imported electricity to the province.

He said he had been assured practical steps to supply electricity to Paktika after the release of the frozen funds.

According to him, a substation for imported electricity is being established in Yusufkhel district and 30 percent work on the substation has been completed.

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