Efforts being made to expand anti electricity theft programme
Steps are to be taken to expand the pilot programme aimed at combating electricity theft in communities with high rates of the crime.
Julian Robinson, the Junior Minister in the Ministry of Energy, told parliamentarians in the House of Representatives yesterday that additional funding is being sought to introduce the project in 10 additional communities.
Robinson said this will see 5,000 persons being targeted under the second phase.
Robinson has been tasked by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to lead a committee to address electricity theft in high-incident areas.
The MP gave the update on the project in his contribution to the Constituency Debate by which continued in the Lower House yesterday.
Robinson, who is Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew, told legislators that the community renewal programme has been introduced in seven communities so far.
He said several houses have been rewired to allow them to go on the grid and prepaid metering was introduced to dozens of homes.
Robinson said the intention is to roll out the programme nationwide eventually.
He said there are over 180,000 persons who are stealing electricity across the island.