The Electricity Authority (EAC) is preparing a framework for stricter measures to apply for those who have not paid their electricity bills, and this might involve cutting off power supply to hard up households and businesses.
Therefore, customers who have not yet paid their bills or who are facing difficulties to meet the deadline are encouraged to visit EAC offices as soon as possible to make arrangements in order to settle their bills within the specified time frame.
EAC spokesman Costas Gavrielides told The Cyprus Daily yesterday that the Authority is considering imposing stricter measures for unpaid bills.
The spokesman did not confirm reports that tougher measure for cutting off electricity supply will apply from April but said EAC will make an announcement concerning the measures soon.
"It is only natural, based on the law, that bills should be paid on time and that services will not be provided towards those who have not paid their bills.
"The disconnection of a service because the customer is not paying their bills is a practice that occurs in most countries in the world," said Costas Gavrielides.
He added that people should make arrangements to pay their bills as EAC does not offer "free services".
EAC Chairman Giorgios Pipis had previously stated that the Authority has decided to change its credit policy with exemptions for vulnerable groups and businesses facing financial difficulties, to ensure equal treatment towards everyone.
Pipis stated that it is the responsibility of the government to exercise social policies and that all those who are registered as belonging to vulnerable groups will pay reduced charges.
According to Pipis the Authority had a reduction in sales by 30% and said the board needs to create the conditions so that it can survive even greater reductions due to the country's financial crisis.