The People's Municipality of the city of Raqqa has issued a decision on February 16, provided for the rise of the monthly subscription prices of electricity generators in the city from 800 to 1,000 Syrian pounds per week for one ampere, in turn for ten fixed operating hours Per day.
As an average, each house needs four amperes for the lighting and some basic electrical tools, at a cost of 16,000 Syrian pounds per month.
The residents of Raqqa depend on private generators in the neighborhoods to supply their houses and commercial stores with electricity, in light of the lack of public electricity in the city, due to the collapse of the infrastructure, including electricity networks, after the battles through which the city has been in 2017, between the Global Coalition backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS).
"It's like we've become trapped between a rock and a hard place, the traders on one hand and the owners of the generators on the other, all of them are taking advantage of us," said Ibrahim al-Abdullah, from al-Rafqa neighborhood, complaining about the decision.
The Autonomous Administration had raised fuel prices during the past months, including the diesel used for heating, as its price rose from 55 to 75 Syrian pounds, while it rose to more than 300 SYP in the black market.
The decision to raise the prices of "amps" came after many complaints lodged by the owners of generators under the pretext of the high prices, especially the fuel.
Nidal Jadou', a resident of al-Fardous neighborhood in Raqqa, described the decision as "unfair.”
"We are an oil-producing country, and yet, the diesel is sold for the citizens at 300 SYP," Jadou' said.
On the other hand, the co-chair of People Municipality in Raqqa, Ahmad Ibrahim, told North-Press that the reason for the aforementioned decision came to satisfy the investors in this field. “We were about to witness a strike campaign by the owners of generators," Ibrahim said adding that the high price of the dollar and fuel, forced us to adopt this resolution.
Alternatively, Ibrahim noted that people in the poor neighborhoods can submit a request to the neighborhood councils to reduce the operating hours of the generators from 10 to 8 hours per day, so that the price per ampere would remain at 800 SYP.