AQMESCIT/SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

“Since the utility bills in the Republic of Crimea are lower than those residents in other regions of the Russian Federation are paying, they will be getting gradually increased till 2017,” reports the press service of the State Committee for Prices and Tariffs of the Republic of Crimea.

“Today, the bills we are paying are not what they ought to be, which is why we are gradually trying to make them economically feasible. Doing it on a ‘step by step’ basis will be better than increasing them several folds at once. To make them economically feasible, we will have to increase gas rates by 1.5 times, heating and water rates by 2 times - this according to the tariffs currently in place,” said Olga Igoshina, Head of the State Committee for Prices and Tariffs of the Republic of Crimea.

According to the phased schedule of utility rates hikes in Crimea, the next increase is scheduled to take place this October.

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