Several Gov’t housing schemes to get electricity by next month

Georgetown, GINA, June 23, 2016

About 34,000 people are expected to benefit from the installation of electrical distribution networks in 16 government housing schemes across five regions. The communities will be receiving the electricity through the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).

Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for housing, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson recently told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the agency will be taking electricity to the area as early as next month, and will be spending over $500M on the intervention, which is expected to serve almost 8320 house lots (or approximately 34,000 beneficiaries).

The beneficiary communities, include Lust-en-Rust, Zeelugt Phase Two and Three and Zeeburg in Region Three, Eccles Industrial Site, Perseverance Phase Four, Peter’s Hall, Farm Phase One and Two, Covent Garden, Diamond Commercial and Diamond Residential in Region Four, Hope and Experiment in Region Five, Kilcoy/Chesney and Baltyock in Region Six and Five Miles Bartica, Region Seven, Minister Sharpe-Patterson said.

The supply of electricity to the communities is catered from the approximately $5.189B provided for in Budget 2016 for the CH&PA for community infrastructural works (installation of electricity, pure water supply and distribution network, construction of roads, drains and drainage structures) in eight regions.

The spending is in line with government’s programme of establishing cohesive communities in which serviced lots, other social infrastructure and amenities, including green spaces, parks and recreational facilities, are provided to ensure an improved quality of life for Guyanese.