Apr 05, 2011 News
Crossed power lines on Thursday last, resulted in high voltage in Non-Pareil, East Coast Demerara, destroying electrical appliances and perishable items. The householders placed their losses at millions of dollars.
According to residents in the area, they experienced power outage at 3:30 hrs on Thursday last. They said that they were only made aware of the high voltage when their electrical equipment were not functioning. “When the technician come and check the damage it was because of the high voltage.”
One businessman in the area said that his freezers with chicken, cheese, and sausages were damaged. He had to dump the perishables and thus suffer a major loss to his business, he said.
He further explained that his television, two freezers, fridge, blender, lights bulbs, and other electrical appliances were damaged in the process of the high voltage.
The businessman showed this newspaper receipts and bills for the various pieces of equipment that were serviced and rectified by an electrical technician because of the high voltage that damaged his equipment. He also displayed several damaged items that were removed from his electrical appliances.
Residents disclosed that Guyana Power Light (GPL) operatives visited the village and corrected the situation the same day they experienced the high voltage.
“I see that the 120 volts wire was detached from the transformer and it was jamming the 220 volts line, which caused people with 220 volts line major damages because of the combination…This is not the first time this high voltage thing is happening,” one resident told this newspaper.
It was disclosed that persons in the area who requested 220 volts lines experienced major loss to their electrical equipment.
Residents who contacted GPL said that they were given a reference number and were told that they would have to visit the GPL office in the city with their respective receipts for the damaged items and it will be recorded, pending an investigation.
According to Assistant Public Relations Officer, Shevion Sears Murray, persons from Non-Pareil made reports to GPL; however, persons seeking compensation from the company must fill an application form that will be sent to a committee, from there an investigation will be launched based on their findings, then the necessary provisions will be made based on the claims.
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