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New Power Line Lights Up Afghan Capital

The lights are on again in Kabul. And that's no small change.

For years, residents of the Afghan capital endured shortages of electricity, with power sometimes rationed to only a couple of hours a day.

But thanks to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Afghanistan's neighbor Uzbekistan, things are now looking a little brighter.

A new 442-kilometer Uzbekistan-Kabul power transmission line, carrying 150 megawatts (MW) of electricity, or half of Kabul's electricity needs, started working on May 18.

The line is part of a $250 million project, partially funded by the ADB, to bring electricity from Central Asian hydro-power plants.

Juan Miranda, director general for the Central and West Asia Department of the ADB, says that until about eight weeks ago Kabul had only two hours of electricity a day.

"Because of the line that we and others constructed, today in the city of Kabul we have in most parts of the city 24 hours of electricity a day. In the other parts where we don't have 24 hours we have at least 12 [hours]," Miranda says.

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Amin Mohammad Mudaqiq of RFE/RL’s Afghan Service in Kabul and Ahmad Takal of the Afghan Service in Prague contributed to this report

New Power Line Lights Up Afghan Capital

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