Published On: Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015

VBC despises tampering with electricity meter

wtcWILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Business Association (VBC) has reacted with horror at the news that there is long-term large-scale tampering with the meter readings for electricity and water by the World Trade Center (WTC).

“Assuming that what the press has been truthful, the VBC wants to clearly dissociate itself from such practices and condemns this form of apparent robbery.”

Currently the utility company Aqualectra has proposed a final payment plan. WTC has not responded yet to this proposal. WTC acknowledged a debt of 3.4 million guilders. Aqualectra however, spoke of 10.3 million guilders.

Technicians now debate the remaining 6.9 million guilders to figure out where this difference comes from. VBC finds it regrettable that the WTC has tampered with the meter. “Here we can’t speak of corporate social responsibility, being a principle of paramount importance to the VBC.”

This practice leads to outright demotivation and the impoverishment of the citizens and entrepreneurs who neatly pay their electricity bill on time. "Aqualectra seized various tenants of the trade and congress center, as was reported earlier.”

Everything points in the direction that this constitutes unlawful and unjust enrichment with a criminal nature. The call which appeared in the media to carry out an investigation by the Public Prosecutor can only be endorsed.

The VBC does wonder why it took so long before action is taken. “It is obviously a good thing that Aqualectra has acted to put an end to these unacceptable practices.”


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