Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said that Uzbekistan has not remained committed to the contract for electricity exports to Afghanistan, and that it has only provided 100 megawatts of power instead of 250 megawatts.
Head of DABS, Hekmatullah Akhundzada, said that this amount of electricity will not solve the problems of power in the country.
“Unfortunately, Uzbekistan, despite its promises, has not acted on this agreement and is only exporting 100 megawatts of power to Kabul and this amount doesn’t solve our problem,” he said.
The Kabul Chamber of Industry and Mines said that 90 percent of their activities have been suspended due to a shortage of power.
“It has been 20 days since Kabul industrial parks are without power. 90 percent of productive sectors have been halted. I hope the technical problems that exist in Uzbekistan will be solved soon between the Islamic Emirate and Uzbekistan,” said Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, deputy head of the chamber.
The former head of DABS, Amanullah Ghalib, said that DABS should work on obtaining 500 kilowatts of power from Turkmenistan.
“A 500-kilowatt cable was coming through Pul-e-Khumri and was supported by the Asian Development Bank. But the projects of the Asian Development Bank are halted. The only solution is that the private sector or DABS invests and completes the project,” said Amanullah Ghalib, the former head of DABS.
With the increase of power cuts, the acting Minister of Energy and Water traveled to Turkmenistan and extended the contract for 450 megawatts of power for the year of 2023.