Nismes residents want electricity wires attached to poles

Dear Editor,

I am a resident of Nismes Electra Housing Scheme, a little village situated on the West Bank of Demerara, about eight miles from Georgetown. It is a cooperative housing project that has  constructed twenty-two low cost homes for its members.

After the first phase was completed in 1986 we encountered several problems to access GPL power. When we were finally considered, some of the power lines were connected from one  building to the other, for there were few electrical posts in the area at the time, but up to this point in time, after twenty-eight years, the situation remains the same. This is a very dangerous situation, especially at this time when fires of unknown origin have consumed several homes countrywide quite recently. We usually suffer from low voltage and voltage fluctuation on a daily basis, that sometimes affects our electrical equipment.

We have made several efforts to have this situation rectified and have spoken to several senior officials, but all our pleas have fallen on deaf ears, for it appears as though the little village of Nismes is the land that time has forgotten.

Editor, there are several housing schemes across this country that came into being under this  government long after the Nismes Housing  Scheme was established and they do not have a similar problem. Quite recently I observed that GPL boasted of the completed upgrade that was done in No 2 Canal on the West Demerara about five miles away, and we anticipated that some attention would have been paid to our area, but this was not done. All we are requesting is to have the power lines detached from the buildings and have each home connected individually to the poles.

Yours faithfully,
NML Wickham

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