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New committee to create to collect electricity bills from individuals owe to DABS

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New committee to create to collect electricity bills from individuals owe to DABS
 Officials for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) have informed that the company would create a committee from seven relevant government organs to collect electricity bill from those owed the company.
Safiullah Ahmadzai, Deputy of DABS in an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times correspondent regarding those owe the company said: “DABS is now very serious in collecting electricity bills from those owe the company and have not paid off their bills in the past few years. First, their electricity is cut off and the individuals are introduced to Police District (PD) and Attorney General Office (AGO). If they fail to pay off despite of cutting off electricity, their names will be given to judicial organs and then they cannot leave the country.”
He added that the committee has kicked off its work with four categories, saying that new ways have been sought in the committee to put pressure on those owe the company.
According to officials for DABS, powerful political and non-political figures as well as government institutions owe 10 billion Afghani to the company. Only national assembly owes 32 million Afghani to DABS.
Head of DABS Amanullah Ghalib, summoned recently by House of People, has asserted that DABS has had a list of 201 individuals and institutions owing to the company and has not disclosed the names so far due to some problems.
Related to electricity load-shedding in Kabul, the capital, DABS deputy said: “Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) is distributing electricity in various categories. In the first category, electricity should be distributed to security sections, hospitals, government institutions and diplomatic areas, while in the second and third categories, electricity is distributed to residents of the city and remote areas.”
In connection with complaints made by residents of Kabul city, Safiullah Ahmadzai said that currently DABS was facing with shortage of electricity, while it was needed that 570 megawatt electricity to be distributed to the people in Kabul, but only 320 megawatt electricity has now been distributed to residents of Kabul city; therefore, the company was obliged to exercise electricity load-shedding in the city.
He assured that by implementation of 500 megawatt electricity project from Uzbekistan electricity load-shedding would be addressed in Kabul city where the people would have 24 hours electricity, adding that currently electricity load-shedding is regularly planned in various categories and the electricity is not distributed illegally.
According to DABS, currently there are 550,000 electricity subscribers in Kabul and the current imported electricity cannot address their needs as Kabul city needs at least 500 megawatt electricity.
Meanwhile, for improvement of electricity and transparently collecting electricity bills, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) has started billing system simultaneously from two areas Chamtala and Macroryan of Kabul. The company has also provided more facilities to its subscribers who can pay off their electricity bills through banks.
Pointing to incomes of DABS in the past one year, Ahmadzai said the company has collected 98% of its electricity bills from its subscribers, which was satisfactory as the company is facing neither with loss nor benefit.
Answering a question that is it true that Taliban are collecting electricity bills in insecure areas of the country, DABS deputy said, “It is a political issue as we cannot enter to insecure areas. The government should conduct clearing operations in areas where Taliban are collecting electricity bills. DABS has already shared the problem with security organs as it is a serious problem for our company.”
He asked the government to allocate a considerable budget for DABS, delivering distribution services of electricity to the people, adding that previously ministry of finance had allocated $ 60 million USD, but the company was still facing with shortage of budget. He hoped that government would cooperate with the company in this regard.