Electricity: Referring the distribution sector to investment at the end of this year
10/10/2017 12:00 am
[rtl]BAGHDAD / Tariq al-Araji
In a number of areas of the capital, Baghdad, opinions on the success or failure of the privatization project of the electricity distribution sector aimed at equipping the areas with energy have changed over the past 24 hours.
While the majority of citizens expressed concern that the experience is similar to the previous ones applied by the ministry, and did not succeed, others believe that it succeeded in their areas through the continuous processing around the clock. The Ministry of Electricity in turn, confirmed referral of the distribution sector in all areas of the capital Baghdad and the provinces to invest at the end of the current year, noting that the cancellation is not only by law as it was initiated within the budget law.
Al-Sabah carried out some of the opinions of some residents in the areas of media, Sedeya, Harithiya, Interior, Yarmouk, Mansoor and the University to ascertain their satisfaction with the procedures of the ministry and the companies executing the project.
The citizen (Hadir Assaad), a resident of Al-Jami'a neighborhood, said that the ministry had informed the citizens since the implementation of the experiment in the university district that the processing hours would be around 18 hours and for six months only, and then it would be around the clock. The duration of the mentioned, but the processing is still 18 hours, which made most of the people once again participate with civil and governmental generators in the region.
For his part, Haidar Ali said that since the beginning of this year, the neighborhood has referred the distribution sector to investment, but most areas suffer from the increase of programmed hours, especially during summer days, despite the commitment of citizens to pay the wages of the collection. To investors.
In the same context, the citizen (Omar Abdul Majeed), resident of the Yarmouk region expressed concern about the failure of the experiment, similar to the previous examples applied by the ministry as an experiment (10 amp) and (smart standards), which cost the state at the time large amounts, noting that the ministry if it was serious This project has been implemented in all regions during the past summer months, not with the mild climate.
Shaker Khalaf, who lives in Al-Dakhya neighborhood on the Karkh side, supported the ministry's plans to implement the project in all parts of the country. He explained that the processing hours in the neighborhood he has lived in have been ongoing 24 hours since the implementation of the privatization project two months ago.
In the meantime, between Omar Saad of the inhabitants of the area of Sidiya, that most of the neighborhoods of the region has been referred to the investment since the beginning of the year It is noted that the ministry imposed on the investor to rehabilitate the distribution sector in the region and the installation of meters, but the reality of the case confirms that the investor has nothing to do with achievement Rehabilitation work on the network or set standards for units that do not exist.
As for the citizen (Sajjad Ibrahim) residents of the neighborhood of working, he expressed the hope that this experience is successful and not as previous experiences because the citizens in Baghdad and the general provinces and for decades are located every summer between the two pillars of the ministry and the hammer owners of civil and governmental generators and fear that this time under the hammer investor They hope the end of the permanent electricity crisis that has burdened the citizens and the government alike because electricity throughout the globe became the nerve of life, how is the case in Iraq, which exceeds the temperature of 50 Celsius during the summer season.
For his part, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Electricity, Musab teacher in a statement to the "morning", that his ministry will transfer all areas of Baghdad to invest at the end of this year along with most of the provinces, adding that those contracts for the collection and maintenance and processing will provide wages for more than 80 percent of Workers in the distribution sector.
He added that the contract period with the companies is five years renewable, and there is a supervisory committee to monitor performance composed of members of the Ministry of Electricity and the Bureau of Financial Supervision and the Office of the Inspector General and the Legal Department in the Council of Ministers in addition to civil society organizations and regional dignitaries,
The teacher said that the contract included 78 paragraphs in the interest of the citizen first and then the ministry and then the government, pointing out that the most important of these paragraphs is to zero the rumors that account for more than 60 percent, and set up smart standards free of charge, in addition to the commitment to the price approved by The ministry, which has a support rate of 94 percent, stressing that the ministry will cancel the contract with the company invested in the event did not abide by the implementation of the provisions, which are mostly in the interest of citizens.
He pointed out that the provincial councils participate in the selection of investment companies, as the assignment is in accordance with the laws of the budgets of 2016 and 2017, indicating that the cancellation of the project is not only by law, pointing out that the success stories achieved in the areas where the project was implemented prompted citizens from other regions to contact the ministry In order to speed up the inclusion of their neighborhoods in privatization to ensure access to stable processing hours around the clock.
The spokesman for the electricity that his ministry gave the investors for six months to zero the rumors at a maximum after the processing of areas with electricity around the clock, indicating that in the chaos of the distribution process over many years and despite the intensity of efforts by companies in addition to the distribution departments to support the removal of cases But his ministry was surprised hours after the return of cases of abuse, forcing it to resort to legal materials to deal with such cases.
He stressed that the ministry seeks to provide an integrated service for citizens, and reached the conviction that the production of 14 thousand and 500 megawatts enough to equip them around the clock in the case of eliminating the rumors and reduce the waste of consumption, explaining that the ministry has debts owed by government institutions and citizens up to three billion Which it said could contribute to the construction of a power plant producing 5,000 megawatts.
Al-Sabah pointed out that the experiment was successful only in Zayouna, Harithiya, Qadissiya, Mansur and parts of Yarmouk. The experiment was carried out in these areas for several years, and it was successful. The other areas lack much technical and logistical matters, which requires the Ministry and the regulatory bodies and the Baghdad Provincial Council to stand at this experience and find out how successful it is taking advantage of the winter months, which are low loads before the start of the summer season to find out the success of this experiment and in the case of comments to correct them The failure to cancel them and find a successful alternative service to the citizen and the public interest.[/rtl]
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