[www.inewsguyana.com] – Residents of Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice are calling on the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) cease the removal of street lights from their community.
The picketing exercise commenced on Tuesday, October 27 and saw the participation of sugar workers, children and women. The residents are concerned that the removal of the lights will increase criminal activities in the community.
When contacted by iNews on Thursday, October 29, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson shed some light on the issue, explaining that the former PPP government had promised the residents during the election period that they will receive free street lights.
As such, the lights were being powered for free. Minister Patterson further explained that the Region Five Private Sector had asked for 30 days to come up with a plan in order to sort out payment for the street lights, but the time expired and as such, the lights were removed.
Minister Patterson made it clear that it is the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) that is responsible for paying the bill and that was not done in Bath Settlement.
According to the Minister, GPL cannot afford to subsidize the cost but if an arrangement is made with the NDC for payment, then the lights will be reinstalled.