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Angry Macroryan residents want heating system fixed

Angry Macroryan residents want heating system fixed

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Jan 31, 2017 - 15:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some residents of the Macroryan neighbourhood of Kabul complain the central heating system (CHS) remains operational only for a short period of time in the harsh winter.

But officials in charge of CHS insist the facility goes down only during power outages. They plan purchasing a generator to address complaints from occupants of the Russian-built apartments.

They blame some residents for tampering with the heating system, something that often leads to its failure.

But Mohammad Hassan Ahadi, an inhabitant the of Macroryan 1, told Pajhwok Afghan News the CHS had been out of order for a week and a half, although, there was no electricity problem.

He explained the issue had been resolved somehow, but five to seven hours of loadshedding on a daily basis caused disruptions of the heating system.

Zabihullah Rafaie, a resident of Macroryan 4, grumbled: “I live in a three-room apartment and pay 15,000 to 17,000 afs for a heating system that doesn’t work smoothly.”

They were subjected to six hours of loadshedding daily, he said. During the period the CHS did not work, leaving residents helpless in the freezing Kabul winter, he said, asking the authorities to fix the issue.

Mohammad Mirwais Arghandiwal, head of the Macroryan management and maintenance enterprise at the Kabul Municipality, said there was no technical issue with the system itself.

“Our system is run on two kinds of energy: One the water is heated by fuel before it is circulated through power-run pumps. But when there is a blackout, then CHS also stops working. But our power cuts are rare.” 

He said power lines to apartments and the CHS furnace room were separate. Power supply to the furnace room continues round the clock, barring situations resulting from technical faults. 

According to him, over the past 24 hours, the furnace room’s electricity had been cut off for only two minutes once and seven minutes for a second time.

Arghanidwal said the enterprise planned to acquire a huge power generator that would be used for pumping water into pipes in case of blackouts.

Kabul power utility head, Mohib Rahman Momand, said the furnace room was supplied electricity from the Naghlo hydropower dam. The electricity supply was disrupted only by technical issues.

Arghanidwal, in response to public complaints, said: “A number of Macroryan residents have made changes arbitrarily in their apartments by extending the heating pipes from rooms to balconies. As a result, the system couldn’t heat up rooms in a proper manner.”   

He claimed some people had installed valves on pipes to use the hot water for other purposes. “Such things cause a drop in the heat and pressure levels. Consequently, the CHS can’t warm rooms properly.”

The official said the water used for heating contained salt and its use for other purposes might cause serious healthinfo-icon problems.

About the bills the enterprise received from Macroryan for the heating system, he said municipality, in coordination with residents’ representatives, worked out the annual expenditure and added 10percent of revenue for the enterprise. Then the total amount is divided among different Macroryan sectors.

In the solar yearinfo-icon 1393, 300 afghanis were collected from each apartment per one square metre. About 258.5 afghanis were charged last year. The current year’s expenses would be determined at the end of the winter. Thirty percent of the bill is collected in advance from every home.

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