Tajikistan Begins Construction of New Power Line
Jan 15, 2008 - BBC Monitoring Central Asia
After completing the construction of a 10- kV electric
power transmission line [from eastern Tajikistan to
the Afghan district of Fayzabad], the Pamirenergy
company started the construction of a 0.4 kV electric
power transmission line designed to provide electricity
to Shognan district in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province.
Abdullo Amonbekov, PEC spokesman, has told Asia-Plus
that this socially-oriented project is aimed at providing
electricity to residents of the Shughnon district
He said after the power transmission line is put
into operation about 200 Afghan households will get
Tajik electricity, later, with the extension of the
power transmission line, the number of electricity
consumers on the other bank of the River Panj will
grow up to 500.
"The total cost of the project is 225,000 dollars,"
Amonbekov said. "The Afghan mobile operator Roshan,
an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development
[AKFED], has allocated 150,000 dollars for the implementation
of the project.
"The AKFED and the PEC are now negotiating with
potential donors over the sponsorship of the full
implementation of the project," the source said.
As was reported earlier, in line with bilateral agreements,
electricity to Afghanistan through this line will
be provided only in summer, when there is less demand
for electricity in the Mountainous Badakhshon Autonomous
Region [in the east of Tajikistan].
Originally published by Asia-Plus news agency, Dushanbe,
in Russian 0832 15 Jan 08.
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