The optical cable was being carried on GPL’s poles, not lines

Dear Editor,

I would like to make some corrections and clarifications to avoid any reader being misled by the presentation in your article entitled ‘Incorrectly laid cables caused blackouts’ appearing in your Monday, February 10, edition of the Stabroek News.

At the time of the telephone conversation, I did not know what the Chief Executive Officer had said publicly, and I was not responding to, or refuting, whatever he might have said.  He was, indeed, my source of information.  What I did say, with some expansion for purposes of clarification, was that it is common practice, recognized in our law, that other companies’ cables may be carried on Guyana Power & Light (GPL) Inc’s poles, and that whether the laying of this cable was legal or not, it was done incorrectly. The optical cable was being carried on GPL Inc’s poles, as distinct from piggy-backing on GPL Inc’s lines.

The statement, “ACTN was granted approval for the works last year,” could be read by some as a statement made by me.  It was not made by me, nor is not known to me, one way or the other.


Yours faithfully,
Samuel A A Hinds
Prime Minister

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