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Streetlight repair programme on track

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 11:42 AM
Dr Nigel Clarke - File photo

Minister of Finance Dr Nigel Clarke says the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) streetlight repair programme is on track for completion in March.

He was addressing the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday at Gordon House.

A sum of $7.1 billion has been allocated in the First Supplementary Estimates to pay down on arrears to the JPS, which includes an arrangement for the company to repair 12,000 streetlights by the end of this fiscal year.

In December, JPS said it repaired over 10,000 streetlights and converted more than 5,000 lights to light-emitting diode (LED) smart streetlights.

Clarke said that attention is being given to repairing streetlights in high crime areas.

“The Local Government Ministry is working with the Ministry of National Security to ensure that in the January-March phase, priority is given to areas that have traditionally suffered from high rates of violence against the person and violence against property,” Dr. Clarke said.

Approximately 2,000 streetlights are being repaired per month under the programme.

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