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/RLs Afghan Service in Kabul and Ahmad Takal of the Afghan Service in Prague contributed to this report