Thanks to this assistance, over 43 thousand residents of Khatlon and GBAO will have access to electricity.

The International Development Association (part of the World Bank Group) will provide $ 31.7 million for a rural electrification project in Tajikistan.

The corresponding agreement between the government of Tajikistan and this financial institution was ratified by the lower house of parliament of the republic on Wednesday, April 8.

The funds will be used to provide access to electricity for residents of 61 villages in the GBAO and 74 border villages in the Khatlon region, Finance Minister Fayziddin Kakhhorzoda told deputies.

He noted that the project involves the construction of small networks to connect to centralized networks, the construction of infrastructure for the production of electricity, in particular small hydropower plants, the installation of wind generators and solar panels, the construction of infrastructure for the distribution of electricity, including power lines, transformers, electricity meters, etc.

Also, according to the minister, within the framework of the project, it is planned to provide technical support to the Pamir Energy company for the construction of the Sebzor hydroelectric power station.

Kakhhorzoda emphasized that the project should be implemented during 2020-2025.

Member of the parliamentary committee on economics and finance, Aziz Giyozoda, noted that thanks to the implementation of this project, more than 31.4 thousand residents of Khatlon region and more than 11.6 thousand in GBAO will have access to electricity.

The deputy added that this will also lead to a reduction in the use of diesel fuel, coal, firewood and other types of traditional fuel, which helps to improve the environment.

Earlier it was reported that about 2.5% of the population of Tajikistan are not connected to electricity networks. According to the Ministry of Energy, the total number of residents of the republic who still do not have access to electricity is 200 thousand people.

The department noted that without electricity, basically, there are new settlements that were formed taking into account the rapid population growth.