Municipality debts stand at JD300m — Krishan

Tawfiq Krishan
Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Al-Krishan. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Al-Krishan said that the municipalities' problems lie in their high debts which exceed JD300 million, while their service users' defaults are estimated at JD300 million, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Krishan said during a visit to the Tafila Municipality on Tuesday that municipalities suffer from poor plot planning, adding that his ministry is looking into addressing the issue, provided that agricultural lands would not be affected.

He reaffirmed the ministry's keenness to enable municipalities to exercise their mandate in providing services and promoting development.

He said that the Local Administration Law aims to develop the performance of municipal councils, leading to local governance and the consolidation of decentralization.

Krishan cited the focus of the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah on the importance of the government being close to Jordanians, and the realities on the ground by organizing tours and field visits to identify the needs of the people.

He referred to the importance of cooperation and coordination between municipalities and provincial councils to consolidate joint work and establish investment projects in partnership with the private sector, contributing to job creation.

Krishan added that the ministry would work with the municipalities to implement the project of the solar cell system for JD90 million to provide energy in municipal buildings, pointing out that energy bills cost between 15 to 20 percent of municipal budgets.

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