Officials of the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) and the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) will have their say in court on March 2, in hope of finally putting to rest the dispute between the two parties.
Yesterday, City Mayor Hamilton Green expressed optimism that an amicable resolution could still be realised, although it was an interim injunction secured by municipality that forced the power company to reconnect electrical supply to the buildings at City Hall.
But even as both parties await the court date, Mayor Green is hoping that talks could continue with GPL officials. According to him, although the municipality had submitted a payment which should have been gaining the attention of the power company’s Board of Directors, no feedback had been forthcoming.
It was in light of this, he noted, that the municipality decided to secure the interim injunction which on Friday last forced GPL to reconnect the supply of electricity.
And the reconnection came more than two months after GPL sought to disconnect the municipality. It was shortly after 18:00 hours last Friday that the reconnection process commenced.
According to Public Relations Officer Royston King, the municipality was able to secure the mandatory order from the High Court which saw the power company reconnecting the supply of electricity to all buildings within the City Hall compound.
The buildings that were affected included those that house the Treasurer’s Department, the Engineer’s Department, the Personnel Department, the Public Relations Department, the City Constabulary, the office of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the Information Technology and Legal Section.
According to King, the City Council was forced to secure the injunction in the interest of citizens and its employees.
The absence of electricity he said has been extremely difficult, despite the fact that the municipality has been powered by a generator. About $90,000 had been expended on a daily basis since the disconnection to sustain the operation of the generator, King disclosed.
He added that the disconnection had “restricted administrative and other operational activities of the council. As a consequence, it affected the ability of the municipality to deliver services to the public.”
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