A power pylon – connecting 340-Megawatt imported electricity to Kabul – was demolished by unknown men, cutting power of Kabul and seven provinces.
The power pylon was destroyed in MirzaKhel village of Mirbachah Kot district of Kabul at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Da Afghan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) – Afghanistan’s electricity company – said 100 megawatts of electricity would be temporarily reconnected until midnight Monday.
The organization added that the complete restoration of the pylon would be done in the next five days, “with direct consumption of $ 300,000 and indirect consumption of millions of dollars.”
The DABS said that currently, five teams are working to repair this base.
This is the second time in a month that the insurgents have damaged pylons in the country, leaving Kabul and some other provinces in dark.
BRIEF HISTORY: SINCE 2002, PRESS RESTRICTIONS WERE GRADUALLY RELAXED AND PRIVATE MEDIA DIVERSIFIED. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE PRESS IS PROMOTED IN 2004.
SINCE THEN MORE THAN 30 AFGHANISTAN BASED TELEVISION CHANNELS BOTH TERRESTRIAL AND SATELLITE AND AROUND 100 RADIO FM STATIONS STARTED OPERATION IN THE COUNTRY.
FOREIGN RADIO STATIONS, SUCH AS VOICE OF AMERICA AND BBC WORLD SERVICE, ALSO BROADCAST INTO THE COUNTRY.