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Power, water use sees decline

KUWAIT CITY, April 16: There has been decline in consumption rates of electricity and water and the officials attribute this phenomenon to the increase in tariffs, which came into effect on August 22, 2017, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Kuwait’s growth rates of water and electric power in 2018 decreased significantly, with the increase in electricity consumption 1.43% recorded in 2017 than before.

According to the government statistics, the water consumption decreased by 0.22% in 2018, after recording a growth rate of consumption of 1.61% in 2017, preceded with an increase of 5% in 2016.

The statistics showed that the total water consumption in the past year was 159.8 billion imperial gallons, compared to 157.6 billion gallons in 2016. Total electricity consumption in 2018 was 65.7 million megawatts, compared with 64.8 million in 2017 and 61.9 million in 2016.

Meanwhile,the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART) is delaying the road junctions project leading to the new airport building which is expected to be ready in 2022, reports Al- Rai daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed that a question has been forwarded to the Ministry of Public Works as to the reasons why the project has been delayed.

They said a request has been sent to Minister Jinan Ramadan to speed up the issuance of contracts for road projects, especially those which are associated with vital projects including the housing cities.

This is to ensure that the contracts do not meet the same fate as the contracts to maintain roads, since the signing of the contracts in this regard has been delayed despite the urgency.

Sources pointed out that the period of implementation of the project is 36 months, while approval by the regulatory authorities is expected to take a year and a half, and that means the completion of the project is expected to take four and a half years, from the date of launching it while the new airport is supposed to be ready in four years.

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