New DABS chief vows increased power production

Pajhwok   2016-01-11

KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed head of Da Afghanistan Brishna Shirkat (DABS), Qudratullah Dilawari, on Tuesday said he would increase power availability in the country by bringing into use solar power system, wind power, generation of power from coal and would prevent line losses.

Dilawari, who replaces Abdul Raziq Samadi, was introduced as DABS new chief by Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad to a gathering here.

Murad thanked the outgoing DABS chief for his successful administration of the power utility, saying Samadi would soon be awarded another government position.

Although Afghans’ access to electricity has increased from 10 to 35 percent, but it should above 70 percent, the new DABS chief told the gathering.

He would try to commonise the use of solar energy in Afghanistan because the country witnessed more than 260 sunny days a year. “So the solar power system will be more useful and economical,” he said, adding Afghanistan also has enough water resources, coal and gas to be used energy production.

Currently, he said 22 percent electricity was being lost in the country and he would try to prevent it. He also vowed to encourage the private sector to invest in power production.

“I don’t accept any kind of embezzlement or irresponsible behavior in DABS and would work seriously in order not to make customers complain about our services. We are servants of our clients, so we should honestly work for them,” he said.

Dilawari studied engineering in Kabul University and got doctorate in commerce and economics in Landon and has worked on high positions in the field of marketing and production of solar energy with international organizations.

His predecessor Samadi told the gathering that DABS performed well during the past six years under his management and the period saw people’s access to power increasing from 10 percent to above 35 percent. He said power losses reduced from 50 percent to 22 percent under his administration.

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