Electricity Expansion for Bradley’s Bank in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:00

Cutting of the ribbon by Sharin Medina, member of the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town CouncilA new commitment for the electrification of Bradley’s Bank in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District has been made. Some forty families in the Bradley’s Bank Area of Santa Elena Town, Cayo will soon be connected to the electrical grid. In a launching ceremony on December 16th, ranking officials joined in the joyous occasion to announce that electricity will be supplied to the Bradley’s Bank Area.

The Bradley’s Bank Area is a relatively recently established division near Santa Elena Town, in the Cayo District, where some fifty three families now reside. According to Geronimo Castillo, Chairman for the Bradley’s Bank Area Committee, Government has been able to purchase the land in that area.

Area Representative for the Cayo Central Division, the Hon. Rene Montero said that the electrification of Bradley’s Banks was as a result of a Manifesto Promise.

“We will fulfil our manifesto promise. I pledge to continue to work with much enthusiasm to make your lives better”, he told the residents from Bradley’s Bank.

Minister Montero estimates that some two hundred people will directly be impacted by the electrification of Bradley’s Bank. Overhead extensions lines will be placed to some 157 lots and lighting will be improved in the area at a cost of $211,568.69. The Bradley’s Bank electrical needs will be met as a result of joint funding from the Social Investment Fund and the Government of Belize and made possible under the Commonwealth Debt Initiative.

Also present for the launching were representatives from the Social Investment Fund SIF. During the recent past, personnel from SIF had done some ground work in the Bradley’s Bank Area to assess the electrical needs. SIF has been referred to as the Government flagship for implementing projects such as the one at Bradley’s Bank, projects that are geared to reduce poverty.

The Minister of Works and Transport, the Hon. Rene Montero has reviewed with The Guardian the accomplishments within the Cayo Central Division. According to Minister Montero, the Santa Elena and San Ignacio Bypass is an ongoing project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank at a total cost of some $58 million dollars. The project itself has been divided into four portions, where one project has already been awarded to CISCO and Company limited. CISCO will be responsible for paving from the George Price Highway to the Macal River. The other three projects for the Bypass are now going through the tender process.

“The [Santa Elena and San Ignacio Bypass] project will last two years and we expect that will bring economic benefit and employment to the area,” Minister Montero said.

“I would like to wish all the residents of Cayo Central and indeed all Belizeans a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and blessed new year,” he added.

While work continues on the bypass in Santa Elena Town, other road works continue in Cayo Central. Work continues on Lily and Andrews Streets, with work to soon commence on Carmen Street, said the Minister of Works and Transport.