News 12 october — 17:08

Turkmen President Orders Major Hike In Household Water Prices


Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on October 11 ordered the end of deeply discounted water, gas, and electricity in a decree prompted by falling energy prices and sales, which have depleted government revenues, RFE/RL reports.

Reuters reported that the move will force Turkmen households to pay 25 times more for tap water starting next month.

Under Berdymukhammedov's decree, the price of tap water supplied in excess of a free monthly allotment -- 7.5 cubic meters per person -- will rise to 5 manats ($1.43) per 10 cubic meters from 0.2 manat ($0.06) starting on November 1.

Berdymukhammedov said earlier this week that his cabinet would phase out subsidies gradually, indicating there would be more price hikes.

Citizens of the former Soviet republic still get some cooking gas and power for free and obtain what they do pay for at subsidized prices.

"The time has come to save and use state funds effectively," Berdymukhammedov said.

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