April 17, 2014
Minister De Vido warns of sanctions snowball if power is not restored
Planning Minister Julio De Vido renewed his criticism of Edenor and Edesur companies urging their board members to resolve the power outages affecting hundreds of families in Argentina as a heat wave currently hitting the country is expected to give no break at least till Wednesday 31 with temperatures topping an average temperature of 36°C.
De Vido made the statements after visiting the Atucha II nuclear energy plant along with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich.
“With extraordinary temperatures over the past days, a heat wave beyond comparison, companies have not been up to (Argentina's) industrial development and growth,” the Planning and Public Services Minister told reporters and warned sanctions will “aggravate” "minute by minute" if electrical suppliers don’t restore the service in the areas that have experienced power cuts over the past two weeks, such us the neighborhoods of Caballito, Villa Crespo, Recoleta and Mataderos in Buenso Aires City.
“They have to face people. Sanctions will aggravate minute by minute if they don’t do what they have to do and that is to assume their role,” De Vido insisted and urged Edenor and Edesur leadership to have “social responsibility.”
With a record-breaking heat wave stifling the South American country over the past two weeks, the minister pointed out the government will be deciding on companies’ sanctions next week when cooler temperatures are expected to give some relief to Argentineans.