16 May Thursday

Municipal Assembly Approves Water Price Cuts

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Assembly has approved proposals to lower the price of water for city residents and the monthly transportation fee for students.

The City Assembly has approved the proposal to lower the price of water for the residents. A discount of forty-six percent will be applied to household bills and a discount of %10 percent discount will be applied to workplaces in Istanbul.

Accordingly, a discount of forty-six percent will be applied to household water bills, whereas a 10 percent discount will be applied to workplaces.

“Previously, price increases in İSKİ bills were in line with inflation, but as of now, there will not be an increase depending on inflation. The prices will stay the same until the end of the year,” Tevfik Göksu, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Assembly’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) group deputy chairperson told reporters. Göksu is also the mayor of Istanbul’s Esenler district.

As for the student transportation monthly boarding passes, the price has been reduced from 85 Turkish Liras to 40 TL.

These monthly transportation cards, also called “blue cards,” will be valid for 30 days, or for 200 rides, according to the new ruling.

Also, the municipality Assembly has approved making public transportation free of charge on the upcoming national holidays, the Youth and Sports Day on May 19, as well as the Ramadan feast.

Starting from today, the students will pay only 40 Turkish Liras (TL) for monthly boarding passes. With the unanimous approval of the proposal in the City Assembly, the monthly price for student transportation card has been lowered by %47, from 85 TL to 40 TL.

During 2019, on student and civil service exam days such as YKS, KPSS, AÖF, and LYS, public transportation will be free of charge for the examinees and attendants by the decision taken in the City Assembly Meeting.

The Municipality Assembly has also approved making public transportation free of charge on the upcoming national holidays including the Youth and Sports Day on May 19.

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