Officials claim that the current tariffs for the population only cover 70% of the cost of services, writes Business Capital.
In their view, to achieve economically based levels, the fee for a one-room apartment heating is expected to increase by 75 UAH - to 303 UAH, two-room - from 333 UAH to 443 UAH, and residents of a three-bedroom apartments should not pay 441 UAH but 587 UAH. To insure that consumers do not start abandoning the service officials decided to toughen the transition to individual heating and introduce penalties for those who disconnected from heating systems on their own.
The National Commission for the state regulation of public utilities (NKRK) published a bill which proposes changes to the law "On Heat Supply" and "Utility Services", as well as the Code of Ukraine "On Administrative Offences".
According to the document, unauthorized disconnection of heating systems can result in a fine of 100 to 150 tax-free minimum incomes (1.7 - 2.5 thousand UAH). In addition, the owner of the illegal boiler will need to a to restore the original version of the system of central heating at his/her own expense.
At that, for the unauthorized connection to the system, which implies free access to the service the fine is a much smaller one - from 5 to 20 minimum tax-free minimum incomes (85-340 UAH).
The bill also introduces a fine of 425-850 UAH for those consumers who fail to provide the heat supplying organization officials access to individual systems or heat meters.