Kabul residents are accusing Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) of discrimination and say the company is not distributing electricity fairly to its customers in the capital.
The residents complained that they were not provided with electricity since the power pylons were destroyed in Kabul’s Kalakan district on Friday, however, during the power outage the capital’s elite had 24-hour electricity. During the outage, most parts of the city were completely in the dark.
Kabul residents said DABS is supplying electricity only to palace-dwellers, government officials, and powerful people, not for every home in the remote areas of the city, as witnessed for the last two days.
“We see the powerful people who do not even pay the electricity bills have electricity in their homes for 24 hours, but the poor people had never been provided with sufficient power and they would never be given it,” said Mansoor Omari, a Kabul resident.
“We had no power for the last two nights; we have been told that the electricity-transmitting pylons were destroyed. We demand that the electricity produced by Mahipar and Surobi and other dams should be distributed equally to all Breshna’s customers and without any discrimination,” said Zabiullah, a Kabul resident.
The two power pylons that transmit 220 kilovolts of imported power from Uzbekistan to Kabul were hit by blasts on Friday and DABS announced that it will take 20 days to repair the destroyed pylons.
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the only electricity supplier in the country, said more imported electricity will be added to the Kabul power network and the company is attempting to supply electricity equally to all its customers.
“DABS’s instruction to all site leaders is to supply citizens with electricity during the Iftar and Sahari in the month of Ramadan and supply them equally with electricity periodically during the daytime,” said DABS spokesman Sangar Niazi.
The figures provided by DABS show the company lacks 530 megawatts of power, which includes 150 megawatts of imported power, 95 megawatts of hydropower, and 60 megawatts of solar power.