According to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the nation’s main power supply company, this year the company has sustained 800 million afs worth of damage by unknown attackers in several regions of the country who targeted power pylons and transmission lines.
“We are still trying to determine the exact amount of the loss, because we are still working on a number of areas. The 800 million afs loss is the direct and indirect loss that we have suffered, because (along with infrastructure damage) we have also suffered losses in the ability to sell the electricity,” said Wahidullah Tawhidi, DABS spokesman.
DABS said that four electricity pylons were targeted by unknown gunmen over the past 40 days, eight employees of the company were wounded in the attacks, and the Parwan electricity operations deputy head Sayed Murtaza was killed.
Based on DABSs numbers, the restoration of the pylons will require millions of afghanis.
Along with electric power, the scale of the damage to roads is also massive.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the Afghan government spent $33 million on the construction of a 31-kilometer long road in the southern province of Helmand. It took four years to establish the road, but it was destroyed in less than four months.
“$33 million was spent on the project and it was completed in 1398 (2018), but attacks by armed opponents have inflicted massive damages to the road,” said Ali Sina Saa’ed, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport.
The Taliban have rejected any sort of involvement in the destruction of power pylons and roads in the Gereshk district of Helmand.
A number of Kabul residents were interviewed by TOLOnews and said that damaging national assets has no justification.
“It's national assets--the destruction of these assets is national treason. It is not of Islam,” said Khawja Sadruddin, a resident in Kabul.
“The final victim is the people. If someone targets the power pylons, what will poor people do then? If bridges and culverts are destroyed it is the poor people who will pay the price,” said Mohammad Yahya, a resident in Kabul.
In the northern province of Kunduz, unknown armed men cut down over 400 trees alongside the Kunduz-Khanabad highway in northern Afghanistan.
According to the Kunduz environmental department, there are some rumors that the trees were cut down by the Taliban.
But the Taliban so far has not commented.