The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Industrial parks to be provided with 18-hour electricity

Afghanistan only electricity company or Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat (DABS) has informed of providing two industrial parks with 18-hour electricity in Kabul. This comes after domestic manufacturing companies complained of electricity load-shedding. With the provision of 18 hours electricity for two industrial parks in Kabul, it is hoped some companies that have stopped their operation due to shortage of electricity will resume their activities.
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat has said that it has connected a new electricity line to industrial parks in Arghandi and Pul-e-Charkhi, where dozens of companies are operating. With the new line connected to both industrial parks, the manufacturing companies can now get 18 hours electricity to keep operating.
According to the DABS officials, electricity has an outstanding role in the economic development of a country and what was important for the DABS to provide enduring electricity for the country’s manufacturing companies so that they can start their activities in a better and smooth way.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) is making effort to provide electricity to industrial parks in a regular way so that the self-sufficiency plan is practically implemented,” said Saifullah Ahmadzai, head of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat (DABS).
Meanwhile, a number of owners of manufacturing companies say with increased electricity and the connection of a new line to industrial parks, the domestic products level will increase in the country.
“Today, we witness a great job done by the country’s electricity company,” said Omid, owner of a manufacturing company.
Owners of manufacturing companies are also asking that besides addressing electricity problems, more principal steps should be taken in all fields as better municipal services and removing high taxes so that employment opportunities are provided for thousands of Afghans in industrial parks.
They say if necessary measures had not been adopted for providing electricity to industrial parks this year, all manufacturing companies in the parks will face serious challenges as the companies had suffered lots of losses due to lack of electricity.
According to owners of the companies, most of machineries of the industrial parks are digitalized and some of them need 24-hour electricity, but 18-hour electricity can also address problems in some extent.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) considered extension of an independent electricity line to Arghandi industrial park as a positive step.
“Our friends had been waiting for years for the extension of an independent electricity cable to Arghandi industrial park, and today their dreams came true as they witness the extension of the line to the park,” said Sakhi Ahmad Payman, deputy of ACCI.
There are more than 70 manufacturing companies operating in Arghandi industrial park. It is said that with the extension of the new line to the park a number of dismissed workers have been reemployed back.
It is worth mentioning that there are five industrial parks in Kabul, where almost all the parks are facing with shortage of electricity and infrastructures. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat is making effort to provide regular and enduring electricity to all the industrial parks operating in the country.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.