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Taima residents experience power outage due to cables theft Delay in executing MEW projects tied to govt bodies, not contractors

KUWAIT CITY, May 14: Minister of Electricity and Water and Minister for Public Works Abdulaziz Al- Ibrahim revealed that it is not the contractors but the governmental bodies that are delaying the implementation of projects, reports Al-Shahid daily. He said, “No fine will be imposed on contractors if their justifications are convincing. If not, they will have to pay fine of 10 percent of contract value”, insisting that the contracts have clearly specified the conditions for any delays and the related fines.

Meanwhile, residents of Taima recently experienced power outage for nearly one hour when the ground power cables of a secondary transformer were stolen. Officials of the Ministry of Electricity and Water dealt with the problem appropriately, reports Al-Seyassah daily. A source was quoted as saying the ministry received complaints about the power outage and an emergency team responded promptly. The officials discovered that thieves had stolen the ground power cables from secondary transformer “B”, which led to the outage. He noted the cut-off affected private residences, a branch of the cooperative society, and the polyclinic, but the team restored power to the area within one and half hours after conducting the necessary maintenance works.

He indicated the power was restored to houses that experienced the outage at around 11:30 am, while the cut off happened at 10:00 am. He assured that technical teams from the Power Distribution Network Sector and Emergency Unit continue to deal with complaints and reports in that regard.

He declared that teams are working with officials of the Interior Ministry to nail culprits that indulge in such dastard acts, especially in the outskirts of the country. Power outage lasting for hours was also experienced in the areas between Kuwait Towers and Seif Palace along the Gulf Road, forcing users of the road to take other roads, reports Al- Shahid daily quoting informed sources.

They indicated that the power outage was possibly due to a malfunction in one of the power stations, which was eventually fixed after few hours. Agencies add: The Ministry of Electricity and Water denied on Monday a report by a local newspaper that it intended to raise costs of electricity and water services, stressing that this report was “inaccurate.” The ministry said in a statement that raising the costs of services was being studied with the ministries and relevant authorities, affirming that any amendment to current costs will take into account consumers with normal electricity and water consumption rate. The ministry added that the increase of electricity and water bills will be redirected to people with high consumption. A local newspaper reported that the government has taken advanced steps on ways to cut electricity and water subsidies to pave way for increasing costs.

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