PPL explains light installation delay


PNG Power Limited chief executive officer Chris Bais says the delay in installing street lights along the road from Badihagwa to Nine-Mile is because of the lack of communication with the National Capital District Commission.
Bais was responding to comments by NCD Governor Powes Parkop last Friday that PNG Power was slack in installing street lights along the new road.
Bais said PPL was informed of the need to provide power supply on the new road when construction was completed.
“PPL was never provided any road plans from the beginning nor was it involved in any planning meeting,” he said.
“We would appreciate some lead advice on such constructions so that we are aware.
“This is to give us enough time to plan our power line network and procure the required materials in advance.
“It is a requirement for any town authority or development partners that before construction is made on roads or buildings that will require power supply, they must always involve PPL from the planning phase right through to construction and commissioning.
“PNG Power representatives need to be included on the NCD Physical Planning Board and the NCD Building Board so that we avoid such issues.
“This gives us an opportunity to flag our teams in preparation for such development plans.”
He said transformers to be installed had arrived and power supply should be commissioned by the end of this month.

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