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PURC to monitor implementation of new tariffs by utility companies in Upper East Region closely

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The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) has increased water tariff by 21% and the electricity tariff by 27.15%.

The new tariffs start September 1. The regulator announced this on Monday, August 15.

To ensure that utility companies keep to the approved tariffs and ensure a smooth transition, the PURC has committed itself to ensuring a strict monitoring regime in the Upper East Region and throughout the country.

This came to light when the Upper East Regional Manager of the PURC, Seth Kponyo spoke to Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show yesterday, Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

“It is September 1, that they are going to start the implementation. We just hope that the errors or the adjustment challenges would be minimal.”

“We just hope that service providers would do their homework well. They should test the system, run the system and do some simulations. They should be sure so that as soon as September 1 comes and they start the implementation, there will be a reduction in the errors.”

“There should not be made rush for complaints and such things,” he said.

As far as new tariff implementation goes, Mr. Kponyo explained that the work of the PURC continues. “We are not done at all. When implementation finally starts, we are going to be doing the monitoring. We would go around the whole region, pick samples of the bills and examine them and be sure that the exact percentage approved is what they [the utility companies] are implementing.”

Earlier, Mr. Kponyo explained that the new tariffs are business-friendly.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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