Saturday, April 30, 2005

Kosovo Serb villages reconnected to power grid

Lipljan: Lipljan and five nearby villages early this morning received electricity supplies, after an almost five-month blackout.

The villages of Skulanevo, Suvi Do, Radevo, Lepine and Novo Naselje have been reconnected to the power grid. The Serb representative in talks with Lipljan municipality president Dzevat Oluri, Slavko Janicijevic, told the Beta agency that two thirds of citizens' power bills had been paid, adding that it had been agreed that every household should pay a flat rate of 26.5 euros for electricity spent last month.

The Serb part of Lipljan and five nearby villages had been without electricity since 20 December last year [2004], when a breakdown occurred, after which the Kosovo Energy Corporation [KEK] said that it could not repair it for lack of funds.

Source: Radio B92 text web site, Belgrade, in Serbian 1057 gmt 30 Apr 05

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