Complaining about mismanagement of water resources in Badakhshan, resident of the province called on governmental officials to cancel contract with the private Badakhshan Energy company, a company in charge of Shorabak hydropower dam.
Shorabak hydropower dam with 3 turbines and capacity of 7.5 megawatts was recently built on the Kokche river at a cost of $ 80 million with the help of the German federal government. According to the ex-government officials Shorabak hydropower dam can electrify 15,000 families in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan province.
If Shorabak hydropower dam had been put into functioning, the resident of Badakhshan province would enjoy 24 hours’ electricity and use electric machines. Badakhshan residents, but are not satisfied with electricity in their province.
Talking to Raha News Agency, Ahmad Nabil, a local resident in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, said fifty-three percent of Afghanistan water resources located in Badakhshan and the province should have gone under several hydropower projects. All hydropower projects, cost $630 million, were given to a private company called “Badakhshan Energy” in a 30-year contract by ex-government. According to Mr. Nabil, Badakhshan Energy company only generates 91 megawatt electricity while small hydropower dams, being built through national unity process, are capable of generating 40 megawatt electricity.
While some residents of Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, complain about uselessness of contract with Badakhshan Energy company, the other residents are not happy with electricity situation.
“Since Shorabak generated electricity, the Badakhshan Energy company has failed appropriately electrification to resident of the province” Hedayatuullah, another resident of the province, said
“Badakhshan Energy company suffers from lack of professional staff and being enough ready to invest in Badakhshan” added Hedayatuullah
The contract was signed a year ago, but the company has failed to offer remarkable services to people in Badakhshan he emphasized
“There were six Tajikistani employed by the company but following the recent development they fled from Afghanistan. The company also rejected all provincial young human forces.” Ahmad Nabil added
Challenges related to lack of electricity originated from lack of professional personnel he said
Reacting public complains, Badakhshan Energy company, in its social media, announced Shorabak hydropower dam following the recent developments has left incomplete. The company statement says as long as the current government has not reviewed the contract, the company, according to international norms and standards, is not authorized to basically install new turbines or fix the current ones.