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Power pylons being installed in eastern provinces

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Power pylons being installed in eastern provinces

There is no security risk involved in extending power pylons from Naghlo dam to eastern Laghman and Nangarhar provinces and the transmission process will be completed in the next two months, an official said on Sunday.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, En. Ekramullah Abid, Laghman Electricity Department head, said a total of 32 megawatts of power would be generated for the two provinces, of which 16 megawatts would be transmitted to Laghman. He said Laghman would receive four megawatts and Nangarhar eight megawatts power in the initial stage of the transmission project, but in the second phase each province would receive 16.16 megawatts.

Firstly, power would be distributed in Mehtarlam, the provincial capital, and to government offices, he said, adding that districts would have electricity in the second stage of distribution. The power lines were being extended and only seven pylons remained to be installed in mountainous areas, added Abid. The pylons are being connected via the insecure district of Badpakh, where Taliban often stage strikes on Afghan and international troops.

Nevertheless, Abid is confident about restoring security in the area as police were helping them lay the power lines.

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