Published: 2022-01-30 22:24
Last Updated: 2023-10-01 04:24
The Cabinet discussed, in its session held this evening, Sunday evening, headed by Prime Minister Dr. Bishr Al-Khasawneh, the problem of power outages in neighborhoods in the capital Amman and some other cities during the recent atmospheric depression.
During the discussion, the council addressed the reasons for the long period of power outage in some locations, and the long time it took to return it to thousands of residents.
In this regard, the Prime Minister said that the power outage for some citizens for long hours, sometimes reaching 36 hours, "is a matter that we do not accept for citizens just like we do not accept it for ourselves."
The PM indicated that the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), which is owned by the government, is not concerned with this defect, but it is the government's duty and responsibility to intervene, especially in light of the long periods of power outages which affected many residents.
In this regard, the Council of Ministers assigned the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, to form an independent investigation committee immediately.
The investigation must be completed and its recommendations presented within three weeks at the latest, in order to determine the responsibilities and shortcomings - if any - and to take administrative and legal measures against the defaulters according to the guarantees and legal responsibility.
The Council of Ministers also decided to assign a consulting company to assess the status of the electrical network in various regions of the Kingdom, especially in the capital, Amman, and to work on modernizing it, and setting standards for evaluating the performance of electricity distribution companies so that they are compatible with international standards.
Similarly, the Council of Ministers decided to assign the relevant ministries and institutions to conduct a comprehensive survey of trees intertwined with electricity poles and wires inside cities and to treat them, in order to avoid recurring power outages in some areas if affected by weather conditions.
Additionally, Sunday, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture, Lawrence Majali, said that the ministry had sent a letter to the Jordan Electric Power Company last month to coordinate with the company and work on pruning trees that affect electrical wires in the streets in anticipation of the winter season.
Majali added, in an exclusive interview with Roya’s Nabd Al Balad, that the minister directed the planting of new trees that would withstand wind and snow.
Majali pointed out that the electricity company can trim trees in the street that hinder its work without approval from the Ministry of Agriculture.