22 Mar 2010 15:20

Tajikistan lifts restrictions on power supplies to households

DUSHANBE. March 22 (Interfax) - Tajikistan's state energy company Barki Tochik has lifted the restrictions on energy consumption by households, the company reported on Monday.

The restrictions were imposed on November 10 last year. In rural areas where three quarters of the population lives power electricity was available seven hours a day - three hours in the morning and four hours in the evening.

"The Tajik Barki Tochik energy holdings hereby notifies the population of the republic that on orders from the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in honor of celebrating the ancient holiday of Navruz the restrictions on power supplies are cancelled throughout the country," the report says.

"This year the restrictions on power supplies were lifted 40 days earlier than last year," the company said.

In previous winters Tajikistan suffered from a regular shortage of electricity of 4 billion kilowatt hours and had to restrict power supplies outside of the capital Dushanbe to two-three hours a day.

In January-February 2010 Tajikistan generated 2,851 million kilowatt hours of energy which is 35.3% more than during the same period last year.