Owners of factories in Kabul industrial parks have complained about the shortage of power, saying that a lack of sufficient electricity has affected their businesses.
The factories in Kabul have been struggling with a severe shortage of power for more than 10 days.
The owners of the factories called on Da Breshna Sherkat to consider their challenges.
“It reduces our productivity. We call on the officials to pay serious attention to this issue and provide us with power,” said Muzamil Nikbin, a manager of a factory in Kabul.
“We have 5 to 6 hours of power and the power is two-phase which doesn’t support the operation of our factory,” said a manager of Chita factory.
TOLOnews reporter Amina Hakimi reached out to a potato chips factory in Kabul city. The head of the factory said that due to a lack of power, the factory's activities have stopped. “We have suffered a lot indeed. Our employees are jobless over Eid and we should provide products,” said Hameedullah, owner of a factory.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Industry and Mines said that the industrial parks are needed to be provided with at least 15 to 18 hours on a daily basis.
“Industrial parks seriously need power. You know better that without energy supplies for 24 hours, we can’t compete and produce,” said Mohammad Karim Azimi, head oof the Kabul Chamber of Industry and Mines.
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the power supply company, said it will soon address the problems of the industrial parks.
“Da Afghanistan Breshana Sherkat is talking with the heads of factories and we are trying to provide them with the necessary power to improve the country’s industry,” said Hekmatullah Maiwandi, a spokesman for the DABS.
There are reportedly nearly 1,000 factories active in Kabul and the shortage of power has reduced the activities of the industrial parks by 80 percent.