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More electricity for residents in Baghlan and Kunduz

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More electricity for residents in Baghlan and Kunduz

More residents in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces are finding access to electricity after extension of transmission lines and construction of substations.

One out of the two areas that will have better access to electricity in the future is a new residential area in Pol‐e Khomri. The extension of a 20 kV transmission line and the construction of ten transformer substations and a low voltage distribution network will bring electricity to around 1,500 homes. In one and half years the works will be completed.

In Kunduz City, approximately 7,000 residents, as well as schools, small businesses and governmental depart-ments are expected to benefit from the electricity supply. The extension of 20 kV transmission line and the con-struction of four transformer substations and a low voltage distribution network will be finished in about one year.

Both contracts were signed at the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) headquarters by the Regional Infra-structure Development Fund (RIDF). RIDF signed on behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). Afghan and German officials joined the ceremony, including Eng. Hamidullah Anwari, provincial director of DABS in Kunduz as well as Eng. Ghulam Hussain Anwari, provincial director of DABS in Baghlan.

Besides providing electricity to a number of residents in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces, these projects also aim to enhance the governmental departments’ ability to conduct similar projects in the future. Experts from RIDF will offer technical training to concerned Afghan governmental departments and will provide support throughout the duration of the projects. Thereby, government employees can gain practical experience on how to manage such complex projects and will be better prepared to independently conduct future development projects.

The RIDF program is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank and contracted to the joint venture of Grontmij‐GOPA‐INTEGRATION for rolling out the programme. RIDF allows financial resource allocation by the respective Provincial Development Committees on provincial level, realizing proposals of their provincial line departments.

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