Karbala Council has issued an appeal to its citizens not to pay the new domestic electricity tariffs introduced by the Ministry of Electricity this month, according to AKnews.
The head of Karbala’s energy and fuel commission, Zuhair Samil al-Da’mi, told the agency that the ministry’s ten-fold increase was “completely unfair” in the light of the poor levels of service and supply.
“Why should the prices rise so much when electricity supplies have not improved?” he asked.
Da’mi complained that electricity supplies in Karbala this summer, when temperatures soared above 50 degrees, were so bad that only two hours in six were covered by the national grid.
“Therefore, we call on the people not to pay their bills until the service improves”, he said.
Da’mi added that all of the councils in Iraq’s Middle Euphrates region had gathered in Najaf this week and unanimously decided to reject the ministry’s new domestic tariffs and to demand that they be cancelled.
The federal Ministry of electricity issued the new tariffs to be effective from the beginning of this month in all Iraqi provinces with the exception of the Kurdistan Region.
The 1000% increase in domestic energy pricing was part of a move to encourage the population to consume national energy supplies more responsibly, the ministry said.