The DABS – Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat - Afghanistan’s power utility company, says the power transmission lines will be reconnected in the near future but at least 200 megawatts of Kabul’s electricity has been restored during the last three days.
Kabul city needs 400 megawatts of power in 24 hours, but the power provided from thermal and hydropower is only 110 megawatts.
This comes after a major pylon transmitting electricity to Kabul was blown up in Dasht-e-Kelagai area in Baghlan on Sunday night. Earlier last week two other pylons were badly damaged in Kunduz.
“It is concerning if work is not done to ensure the safety of power establishments and if the needed plans are not drafted for it,” DABS spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told TOLOnews.
Afghanistan imports its power from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, but the transmission lines often come under attack by militant groups.
Some Kabul residents have raised their voices over the incident as the lack of power in most areas of the city over the past few days has caused major problems for them.
“I have come from Badakhshan to Kabul for my studies. Ministers, the president (Ashraf Ghani) and the chief executive (Abdullah Abdullah) are living with electricity but we are in the dark at night,” said Mashooqullah, a student.
“Public benefit projects belong to the people and they should not be used as a tool for war,” said Husain, a resident of Kabul.
This comes after Tawhidi said on Tuesday Kabul’s power will be restored within a week.
He said the company spends at least 40 million AFs on each pylon every time they are damaged.