City Hall tries to stave off disconnection by the Guyana Power and Light Company – 11th Jun 2013
City Hall officials are expected to meet with the top brass of the Guyana Power and Light company tomorrow with the hope of avoiding disconnection. The cash strapped City Council is said to have an outstanding payment for GPL in excess of 1 billion dollars. The city’s Chief Citizen, Mayor Hamilton Green today addressed the issue with the press and he remains optimistic that good sense can prevail and the Council would not be plunged into darkness.
Green said GPL wrote the Council stating their intention to disconnect the power before the end of the week. While some in political circles are saying that the move seems political Mayor Green said he does not want to prejudice the outcome of the meeting. He then leveled the blame at the feet of the Town Clerk who he said has shown little interest in addressing the issue.
GPL has already threatened to increase the electricity rate by 26.7 %. The company says that’s the only way to remain financially viable. The subsidy of the utility was slashed by 5.2 billion dollars from the 2013 National Budget.