Thousands of households, shops, factories, markets, public buildings and offices in Kandahar receive electricity from four kinds of sources: individual generators, solar panels, the public diesel system, or from Kajaki Dam, provided by the government.
The Kajaki Dam, located in Helmand Province, has been under construction, so for the time being the Kandahar electricity department has depended more on the diesel generators.
The diesel generators were built four years ago and funded by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Still today international partners are supporting the diesel electricity system. “At this time when the Kajaki Dam is under construction, diesel system is very important. International support with diesel is around 80 percent and we have agreement on this assistance.
The Kajaki Dam’s renovation will hopefully be completed soon and we will get electricity also from there,” says Amanullah Farooqi, the deputy director of Kandahar Electricity Department. Meanwhile Kandahar Electricity Department is working to update the electricity system around the province, including fixing new power poles and replacing old and damaged electricity lines. “During the last months we have renewed the power poles especially in Kandahar city. Besides the poles, around 45 percent of the electricity cables have been changed to new lines.
In addition we want to standardize the electricity billing process so that every individual household or factory will get the exact price on their electricity consumption.” “Currently these renovations take our resources.
So we are very grateful for the international community who is helping us meet the basic needs of the consumers and meantime we have the capacity to develop our functions,” Farooqi said. At the moment, Kandahar has four power plants that provide electricity. Kajaki hydropower plant and three diesel power plants: Brishna-kot, Shorandam and Baghi-pol. Due to growing demand, the local government is working constantly to improve the electricity system. Thanks to new innovation and support, the local government can meet these challenges.