Cabinet and APUA promise deployment of 700 streetlights, with another 1,000 on order, and Christmas lighting for St. John’s

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With continued complaints of poor lighting on the roadways and across communities, the Cabinet is now moving to rectify this issue.

Accordingly, several managers from the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), including the Electricity and General Managers, were invited to the weekly sitting of the Executive on Wednesday, October 19.

Inquiries reportedly were made about the lighting of dark areas on the Sir George Walter Highway and Friars Hill Road; parts of St. John’s City; and several villages, including Liberta and Golden Grove.

According to the Cabinet, the dark areas in several public schools are also to be addressed.

The Electricity Manager is said to have reported that “700 lights are available for deployment; and, in some instances, APUA has arranged to have holes dug to accommodate the forms on which the lights will be erected,” this week’s Cabinet Notes say.

However, residents in certain areas note that bases for these light poles were erected years ago – and then abandoned.

Of the lights to be put in place now, APUA says that 200 are solar powered and 500 will have to be connected to the electricity supply.

The Notes claim the utility company has ordered 1,000 additional lights, which will arrive here before the end of the year, and many of these will be deployed early in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the Government is to embark on lighting the City for the Christmas season.

Reportedly, the commercial center of St. John’s will be decorated with coloured lights, which, according to reports, are being ordered now to ensure their installation in time for the festive holidays.

On another note, the Notes quote the Electricity Manager as saying that electricity rates in Antigua and Barbuda are the lowest in the Caribbean, except for Trinidad & Tobago, an oil-producing country where the cost of energy is low.

However, citizens and residents continue to contend that the electricity rates are too high.  One woman says her bill averages about $600 monthly, although she has only the usual appliances – a fridge, washing machine and television set, which is hardly used, because of her work hours.

SOURCE: REAL News

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12 COMMENTS

  1. APUA needs to do a better job at securing the battery of these units from theft. These units do not require no ongoing maintenance hence it is baffling why they don’t put a better locking mechanism for the area that house the battery.

    • With Labour Party in power, there is a guarantee that the residents & citizens are secured. There is no doubt that the Labour Party is a caring govt. The people’s interest is always first on their agenda.

        • You know in 2004 UPP big talking point was about all the corruption that was taking place under ALP government. They even form a group called LUMP, headed by Winston Derrick and alike. They were in government for 10 years and couldn’t prove not one case of corruption. But their corruption was so blatantly visible for all to see. And this time around they are trying the same thing again. Calling people corrupt and talking about stealing government monies and they have nothing to back it up. And the minute the PM got a little wind of corruption in his Cabinet by Asot he took the bold step and fired the man from his Cabinet. And now they even prevented him from running on an ABLP ticket. But the UPP has all these candidates that are Laggards, Losers and Conman and they ae not talking about that.
          So, you guys can go on making your baseless accusations cause other than that you guys have nothing to convince the people to vote for you. Not one sound policy that we can debate on.

  2. Why does it take so long to install one light. What are you doing about the large concrete bases erected years ago that has no light poles. Can you look at areas that never ever had lighting first. Like Liat Road, Hodges Bay main road and many others. They don’t have to be that close

  3. And there will also be running water to all houses before year end, lol
    How much can we believe of this?

  4. Hey, fellow sensible citizens of Antigua & Barbuda, what is the key word in the headline that the ABLP government has been using over and over again in their last two terms of office, and yet has been broken at various times?

    I won’t give any clues on this simple and easy answer, however, and suffice to say, the ABLP generational supporters well and know it as well, but just can’t admit it.

    Hopefully, their IQ is a lot higher than the total amount on their fingers and toes … 🤣

    Joking aside “generational” ABLP supporters if you GENUINELY don’t know the answer drop me a line!

  5. Gas price gone up; Food prices gone up
    And PENSIONERS can’t get they money for September.

    No apology for late payment: no explanation as to when you getting paid!
    Nothing!
    Gaston have a heart, jack! Help the old people.

  6. There must be “streets” to put up “street lights”. Well then again, they are only “foot paws” in rural areas like Langfords, Mount Pleasant BuT ” who de h..l cares”. Shame a all Aru! 🤮

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