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JPS: Parliament without power because of light pole fire

Published:Tuesday | May 13, 2014 | 4:28 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has sought to explain that the Parliament is now without regular power supply because of a fire to a light pole on the nearby Charles Street.



In a message on the social networking site Twitter, the JPS sought to assure that it did not cut the power.



It also said it's work crews are seeking to address the situation.



Legislators in the House of Representatives were forced to fan themselves with papers and booklets this afternoon because of a shutdown of the power supply to the parliamentary building.



House speaker, Michael Peart, said the heat was due to the fact that the parliament is being supplied with electricity by a standby generator, to which the air conditioning unit is not connected.



The incident drew suspicion as it coincided with a new policy of the JPS to shut down the supply of power to areas where there has been high levels of theft especially in the corporate area.



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