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Energy minister vows to bring electricity to shelters, stairwells
By SHARON UDASIN
17/07/2014
 
National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom, along with the Public Utility Authority, has vowed to ensure that all shelters and stairwells have working electricity.
 
Shalom and Public Utility Authority chairwoman Orit Farkash-Hacohen are examining the idea of changing electricity payment standards, so that payments for the resource in building shelters and stairwells are divided among individual tenants rather than building supervisory committees, the PUA announced on Thursday. Following a visit in southern communities, Shalom said he recognized the need to launch an action plan to curb the problem. 
 
"This is initiative is designed to solve the problem and prevent the disconnection of shelters and stairwells from electricity, especially in times of war when many residents are bombarded nearly every day," Shalom said. "Our job is to protect the citizens of the state. "
 
As far as the PUA is concerned, Hacohen said that her office is currently examining Shalom's request, and stressed the importance of providing power to customers, particularly during an emergency.
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