Azarov concerned over situation with water supplies in Kyiv

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Aug. 1, 2012, 11:47 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov has warned officials of responsibility for the absence of hot water supplies in Kyiv.

Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov has warned officials of responsibility for the absence of hot water supplies in Kyiv.

"I'm seriously worried about the situation with water supplies, first of all, supplies of hot water. Many citizens complain that annual preventive procedures in the heating system don't meet the deadlines that are announced to people," he said, while opening a meeting of the government on Wednesday, Aug.1.

The premier added that people have complained about the absence of hot water supplies for a month in Dniprovsky, Desniansky, and Obolonsky district in Kyiv.

"People had to contact the premier in Facebook to start settling the problem. This is unacceptable. People will never trust authorities like these. What happened? As for the fact that the finance ministry, construction ministry and Kyiv City State Administration failed to agree on payments of compensation for the difference in tariffs, officials did not find a solution and made tens of thousands of people prisoners of the situation," Azarov said.

"I'm seriously warning you that if people don't get utility services in time – by the way they pay for them regularly – I will take all necessary measures," the premier said.

In addition, Azarov ordered the Finance Ministry and the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Ministry, as well as heads of regional administrations to hold a phone conference and regulate the problems of payment of compensations for the difference in tariffs and hot water supplies in regions.

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