Several lawmakers have expressed disappointment over the power outage which affected a number of areas on Tuesday, while urging Minister of Electricity and Water Ahmad Al-Jassar to form an investigative committee to determine the causes and to hold accountable all those behind the problem. MP Mansour Al-Zafiri stressed the need to form the investigative panel in order to prevent recurrence of the power cut-off that hit many areas like Hawally, Sabah Al-Nasser, Al- Qurain, Jaber Al-Ali, Abdullah Al- Salem, Al-Adan, Ardhiya, Saad Al- Abdullah, Abdullah Al-Mubarak, Sabahiya, Mangaf, Fahad Al-Ahmad, Jahra, Fintas, Al-Ahmadi, Mahboula, Mubarak Al-Kabir, Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh, Al-Qusour and Al-Reqqa. He wondered why power disruptions have been occurring repeatedly even though the ministry officials have confirmed that the production level is good, in addition to the improvement of the distribution networks.
He stressed the need to carry out regular maintenance works on these networks to better serve the public, especially during summer. MP Saadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi asserted the minister must bear the responsibility, considering he is not new in the ministry since he had earlier served as undersecretary. “It seems the minister lacks the ability to address a simple problem like the power outage, so how can he fulfill the promise to supply electricity to the new residential areas?” he added. MP Faisal Al-Kandari pointed out the main task of the lawmakers is to provide the basic needs of the people.
He affirmed the ministry officials are now taking steps to solve the technical problem that led to the power outage. He also thanked the ministry’s staff for the efforts they exerted in addressing the issue, indicating more steps should be taken to prevent the recurrence of the problem especially since the holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching.