GIS – 10 November, 2017: The Logo of the Utility Regulatory Authority (URA) was unveiled yesterday during a ceremony by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, at Voilà Hotel, in Bagatelle.
In his address, the Deputy Prime Minister underscored that the URA will need to undergo major developments so as to bring about a smart revolution to the public utility sector. He enumerated the various responsibilities of the URA which comprise of setting up new licensing procedures and new systems for the public utility sector; regulation of tariffs methodology; and protecting the interests of customers in respect to public utility services.
He recalled that the setting up of a Utility Regulatory Authority was approved in 2004 and the URA Act was enacted to set up a regulatory framework for the electricity and water sectors. The Deputy Prime Minister reiterated that Government will support the organisation in its endeavours and the URA will be able to benefit from the technical assistance of friendly countries.
The Director of URA, Mr Byiegero, for his part pointed out that the URA is to be firmly grounded in a legal framework. He urged stakeholders to work hand in hand for the regulation of the utility sector.
URA Logo Competition
The URA launched a competition in October 2016 for the design of a corporate logo. The jury panel comprised representatives of the Open University, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute and the Mauritius Institute of Education. Mr Kooshalnath Bhungy, winner of the competition, received a cash prize of Rs 25,000.
The main functions of the Authority are to grant, vary and revoke licences in respect of utility service; regulate tariffs and other charges levied by licensee; mediate disputes between customer and licensee; and, take measures for better protection of customers in relation to any utility services.
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