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Rudaw

In pictures: Village next to power plant protests chronic electricity cuts

By Rudaw 7/7/2018
Angry residents of Grdarash near the town of Khabat, Erbil governorate, poured onto the streets on Saturday to protest the neighborhood’s patchy electricity. 

The protesters also blocked the Kawergosk-Khabat road.

The villagers say the giant power station recently opened near the village was built for the city of Mosul – not for them.

They also said their farmlands have been damaged by the plant.

The government provides the village with just eight hours of electricity per day. There are no private generators.

“We call for electricity,” one resident told Rudaw. “We have electricity for eight hours, and it comes when people are at work. Our electricity goes out at time of rest and sleep.”

“Infants are crying because of the heat,” another resident said.

In a press conference last week, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani promised his government is trying to resolve the problem plaguing the Region. 

“We are currently engaged with making a serious electricity reform that resolves the problem of electricity in the Kurdistan Region,” he said. 

Photos: Mohammed Shwani / Rudaw
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