After weeks of blackout Kabul gets electricity

Power is restored to Kabul after weeks of blackout following destruction of electricity pylons in country's north

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A general view of Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan's national power utility has restored electricity to the capital Kabul, almost a month after rebels cut lines from neighbouring Uzbekistan that supplied almost half of the city's 600 megawatt daily requirement, officials said.

Mirwais Alami, chief commercial officer at Afghanistan's national power company, said that power supplies were reconnected on Monday evening after technicians repaired pylons in the Dand Shahabuddin district of Baghlan province that were destroyed at the end of January.

Residents in Kabul without access to personal generators -because they are expensive- had to endure the winter cold and darkness, for weeks with only makeshift electricity supplies, fuelling public anger and placing growing pressure on the government.

Officials said bad weather and the need to ensure security for maintenance teams in the far north of the country, where the Taliban controls many areas outside the main towns, had hampered efforts to restore the lines.

Alami said that one electricity pylon had been destroyed and two others were damaged by mechanical saws.

"Kabul electricity was connected back on Monday and now the problem is over," Alami said.

He appealed to all sides not to destroy infrastructure that serves the entire country.

"We are a non-political company and we serve the nation, so we ask all relevant sides not to damage our pylons and installations," he said.

TRTWorld and agencies