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MEW completes about 91.2% of buildings’ meter readings Ministry to collect dues worth KD 21m

KUWAIT CITY, June 24: Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs at Ministry of Electricity and Water Abdullah Al-Hajri affirmed that the sector has completed about 91.2 percent of the reading of meters that are installed in buildings, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

He explained that the sector, through some specialized companies, periodically conducts the reading of meters, adding that it sometimes faces difficulty in reading the meters such as when the owners of the facilities fail to cooperate with the employees, when the utilities are deserted or under construction or when the meters are out of order or deliberately turned off.

In a press statement, he explained that the ministry is yet to collect dues worth KD 21 million but since they cannot be easily collected, it is coordinating with the Ministry of Finance for the purpose. Al-Hajri indicated that some of the dues have been accumulating since the Iraqi invasion, adding that these amounts have been recorded by the State Audit Bureau in its annual report regarding the performance of ministries and governmental authorities.

He stressed that the ministry is working hard to complete the ATM system project which will enable the consumers to settle their dues easily in cooperative societies and commercial centers, adding that the collection of dues through such a mechanism is unprecedented for the ministry.

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