By: Shukria Kohistani
Following the people’s complaints about poor power pylons’ security the Breshna Shirkat—the country’s main power-supply company, said this was the 19th power pylon blown up in the last two months of the current year that left millions of Afghanis in financial losses to the company.
The Breshna Shirkat said in a statement that it had lost three million Afghanis per hour due to repeated power outages. Press and Communications Office of the First Vice President said that the plan to secure the electricity pylons was under consideration and will be implemented soon.
In the latest case, two power pylons were destroyed by a bomb blast in Ahangaran area of South Salang district of Parwan province. Rezwan Murad, the Press and Communications Director of the First Vice-President, however did not comment on the plan to secure the electricity pylons, but stressed that their security would be difficult without the people support.
The country’s detective and intelligence institutions, in cooperation with local people, have begun efforts to track down and arrest the saboteurs and those behind the power pylons desturction, however it noted the goal would be too difficult to reach without the people cooperation. “It is up to the people to work together with the security institutions to prevent such incidents, the security plan is about to finalize and the details will be shared as soon as it is completed,” he added. Prior to Eid-ul-Fitr, following the destruction of several powers pylons in Kalkan district north of the capital Kabul, Amrullah Saleh wrote on his Facebook page that he was investigating the issue. However, the country’s electricity company said that despite the authorities’ commitment to secure the power pylons, they were being exploded one after another north of Kabul and called on the security institutions to take immediate action. In a statement, the company criticized the security agencies for failing to take security of the pylons.
The technical team of the company, said it has arrived in the area and work will begin on the damaged pylons. “The area is mountainous and will take time to build them,” said Sangar Niazi, a spokesman for the Afghan Breshna Sherkat.
But our colleagues are trying. Who is involved in the destruction of the electricity pylons? Although security officials have not commented on this issue but, the power company said in a statement that local extorters, companies affiliated with the powerful, oil contractors, mafia groups and criminals may be behind it. Currently Kabul, Parwan, Lugar, Ghazni, Maydan Wardak, Paktia, Khost, Nangarhar, Laghman and Kapisa are the provinces with electricity cut off. Meanwhile, some Kabul, Nangarhar and Parwan residents call on Afghan security institutions to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice. They call on the government to arrest those destroyed the electricity pylons and enforce the law on them.
“The weather is much warmer this ones than in previous years and our children cannot tolerate the rising heat, so we need electricity,” one of the citizens said on condition of anonymity. According to them, in Nangarhar province, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar and even in Kabul, the temperature is high and it is difficult to live without electricity. “People are ready for cooperation with the government, but the government has not been able to arrest the saboteurs so far.
We hope that such people be arrested as soon as possible and hung on electricity towers,” he reiterated. The Afghanistan Electricity Company said that Kabul electricity is currently supplied from domestic sources and that the Naghlu, Surobi and Mahipar power plants generate 110 megawatts and the Tarakhil Solar Power Plant generates 60 megawatts to ensure the need of the Kabul citizens.