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JPS responds to Maxfield Avenue protest, 30 households disconnected

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 10:03 AM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is insisting that it will take all steps to remove illegal customers from its grid.

The JPS was responding to a protest by people it says are illegal electricity users near Maxfield Avenue in Kingston.

The company said the protest followed last Thursday's disconnection of four transformers to which only illegal connections were attached.

According to the JPS, about 30 households with illegal connections were removed from the system.

The light and power company says it has been working with the Maxfield Avenue community since December last year to help residents become regularised. 

It says while the response has been "extremely positive" the company facilitating free house wiring and recertification for 300 consumers. 

Last year, 37 persons signed contracts for service with the JPS while another 263 signed up for legal supply this year. 

JPS says residents should contact its customer service office nearest them at East Parade in downtown Kingston, to start the process of regularisation.