Ignoring warnings from the Guyana Power and Light to desist from placing flags on their lantern posts, members of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC) have created a hazard for members of the public by placing their flags near the company’s high-voltage transformers.
The flags were placed at several locations around the city.
In its warning, GPL informed the public to desist from affixing any poster or signage on its utility poles since it is illegal and dangerous, as well as a safety and health hazard for both the company’s technicians and private citizens
Section 5.4 of the company’s Standard Terms and Conditions (STC) for Electric Services clearly states that “Customers shall not place any structure that would interfere with the proper and safe operation of or access to the company’s facilities…”
Meanwhile, both private contractors and/or Government agencies executing infrastructural works within close proximity (approximately 20 feet) of GPL’s network, were also urged to notify the company within 72 hours prior to commencing work, so that the actions deemed necessary to facilitate the safe execution of work can be determined and undertaken.
“GPL will not be liable for any injury and/or loss that may result from the improper use of its poles or injury and/or loss that may result from unauthorised work within close proximity of its network,” the company had warned.
In October, protesters on the West Coast of Demerara, in preparation for a planned protest had placed flags to signify the “death of democracy” under the David Granger-led coalition regime. However, those flags were removed by the Police.