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Protestors demand redirection of imported power cable from Turkmenistan

(Last Updated On: May 3, 2016)

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Scores of political and social figures including law makers and professors in Kabul have staged protest demanding the redirection of the imported electricity cable from Turkmenistan.

Protestors have stated that no one can deal on redirection of the power cable going through Maidan Wardak, Bamyan , but officials in Afghanistan power department urged that redirection of the imported electricity through bamyan, Maidan Wardak is costly and lengthier one.

Afghanistan officials decided to change the direction of the imported electricity cable from Bamyan, Maidan Wardak to Salang, Parwan and then Kabul to light south part of Afghanistan, the following decision was criticized by hundreds of protestors in Kabul.

Porfessor Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi said,” there are 3 International documents existed on the following projects indicating the direction of the imported electricity cable to go by, in the part of the document shows that its possible if the following project to be implemented through Salang Pass.”

“ If the National Unity Government of Afghanistan which are led by Ghani and Abdullah doesn’t consider the Nation demand, we will change the International summit which will be held in Brussels into International summoning conference against incapable Government of Afghanistan Mp Ahmad Behzad said.”

Meanwhile Minister of Energy and Water Ali Ahmad Usmani during a conference said,” USA- Japan are the main financial supporters of the following 500 mega watt electricity coming from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, they have demanded the Afghan Government to redirect the electricity cable till the end of April 2016 , otherwise the following project will be postponed for 18 more months.”

Mr. Usmani also said,” that the direction of the imported electricity cable from Turkmenistan can’t be changed because the following 500 mega watt electricity will light about 12 Provinces in Afghanistan.”

“The decision was taken on 2013, but today’s session was to redirect the imported electricity cable Minister of Energy and Water Ali Ahmad Usmani said.”

Based on the estimation Afghanistan is one country full of sources for producing of electricity inside , but no proper plan and insecurity have caused that Afghan Government to pay high price and import electricity from neighboring countries.

Reported by Nabila Hafizi

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