Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s largest power distribution company on Tuesday shared its program with the public, amid the power shortage which seized Kabul city since the beginning of the winter season.
On the operation of the Tarakhel thermal power project, DABS chief Amanullah Ghalib said the company needs almost $9 million to get the project operational during winter.
He said the project has the capacity of generating 80-megawatts electricity.
At the meeting, Kabul governor Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari said DABS should ensure equal delivery of power to the public in the city.
“If you take a look at our technical sector at Breshan, we do not have enough experience in the social sector, therefore we are here to listen to you about the problems,” said Ghalib.
“Fortunately we managed to connect nine province of Afghanistan to the national power network, but our production and imports remain the same,” said acting minister of water and energy, Mohammad Gul Kholmi.
Ninety percent of power is consumed in homes, but there is no regular electricity for 10 percent of the population.
DABS officials also called on the public to provide recommendations to the company.
“Power's meter reading process should be carried out monthly. We get only 7,000 AFN salary, if we use our salaries for electricity bills, then what should we eat,” said a resident of Kabul, Sayed Hussain Perwaizi.
“Those reading the meters should report actual consumption,” said a resident in Kabul, Naseeruddin.
“We do not know how much transparency there is when it comes to the distribution of electricity, electricity should no longer be distributed on the whims of a member of parliament, electricity is not being distributed in Kabul in a transparent way,” said Kabul governor, Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari.
Haidari also called on the private sector to cooperate in upgrading power delivery to the people.