The shortage of power in Kabul after a cut in Tajikistan’s imported electricity has caused angry residents to criticize the government for neglecting to build dams that could fill the need for energy.
Tajikistan provided 310 megawatts of power to Kabul, but it has stopped the electricity supply to Afghanistan due to its internal needs and lack of water, Afghan officials said.
Back in 2016, President Ashraf Ghani vowed to build power dams and increase the country’s capacity to import electricity to its neighbors. The video in which Ghani made the promise circulated on social media over the last two days amid the Kabul power shortage.
“We don’t have electricity during the nights. During days, we use a generator for our shop,” said Jan Agha, a shopkeeper in Kabul.
Other residents said a fundamental plan should be implemented to overcome the power shortage in the long term.
“We have electricity for three hours, then it goes,” Shirin Agha, a Kabul resident.
The country’s power distributor, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), said about 200 megawatts of power has been imported from Uzbekistan to replace the shortage.
According to DABS, 100 megawatts are provided from domestic resources.
“The plan is to provide Kabul residents 100 percent access to power by 2022,” said Wahidullah Tawhidi, spokesman of the DABS.
The power supply to Kabul has often faced problems. Earlier this year, the city was in blackout for many days due to damage to power pylons in northern provinces.