17 August 2006
To add the cost of street lightning -- as if street lamps worked anyway -- to electricity bills is both absurd and futile, charged Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) head Sinan Aygun yesterday.
Aygun charged that it's unacceptable for the Energy and Natural Sources Ministry to be preparing to include general lighting expenses, which cannot be collected from municipalities, to the public's bills. Aygun announced that the chamber is set to start legal proceedings on the matter.
"Someone who earns approximately 400 YTL spends 10 percent of that on electricity; in European countries it's just 1 percent. And now, as if street lamps worked anyway, they've added another burden on the public," said Aygun, "They'll take YTL 2 from private residences and YTL 5 from businesses and so in total they'll collect YTL 564 million from the public."
Aygun went to say that he expects that one day they'll also start charging for looking at electricity poles, entering public buildings or for breathing.
"While in Sweden electricity is 3.4 cents per kilowatt per hour, 3.6 in Australia, 4.3 in Belgium and 6.5 in Germany, it's 10.2 in Turkey," said Aygun. "Turkey already uses the most expensive electricity in the world and now YTL 5 YTL is being added to that. It would be no surprise if they add an electrical pole, a transformer and 10 meters of copper wire to bills in the future."