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Power bills worth 35m afghanis payable by Ghazni govt. offices

Power bills worth 35m afghanis payable by Ghazni govt. offices

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Jul 05, 2017 - 16:10

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Government departments, including the governor’s office, in southern Ghazni province have defaulted on paying 35 million afghanis in electricity bills, officials said on Wednesday.

Jan Mohammad Noori, Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) head for Ghazni, told Pajhwok Afghan News the power utility was in trouble implementing projects due to unpaid bills.

“When we ask the central DABS office for the implementation of a project, they tell us we should first collect power bills,” he said, urging government organs to clear their bills.

On the other hand, Noori said, Ghazni province would be provided with imported electricity soon.

Najibullah, a resident of Ghazni City, said most parts of the provincial capital were still deprived of access to electricity.

“When people ask DABS for electricity, they say they have no budget,” he said, asking the government organs to clear their unpaid bills so the power utility would be able to distribute their services to the public.

Governor Abdul Karim Matin confirmed the problem, saying many government offices including the governor’s house were defaulters. He asked all government organs to reduce power consumption and pay bills.

“In the past, the governor’s house consumed electricity worth 200,000 afghanis every month, but now the consumption level has fallen to only 20,000 afghanis,” he claimed.

Matin promised the governor’s house would soon pay its power bills. Electricity in Ghazni is provided by power generators, with each kilowatt accounting for 30 afghanis.

According to DABS, only 27 percent of people in Ghazni City have access to electricity. More than half of them have only seven hours of power supply and the rest 24 hours.

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