The absence of functioning streetlights in the capital of Road Town and other communities around the territory are causing disconcertion among some residents.
At least one resident raised the issue with members of government last evening during the NDP Radio programme Monday evening, stating that unlit streets encourage criminal activity.
The area of The Moorings on Wickham’s Cay II is one location that was said to be of particular concern.
“It is a safety issue and yes it is an issue that has to do with crime [and] we are also working and trying to get the traffic lights back in that area,” said Works Minister Mark Vanterpool while addressing the concerns raised.
He said he discussed the matter with authorities at the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) last week and they plan to address it swiftly.
Vanterpool, however, said his ministry will do a ‘follow up’ to ensure that mounting streetlights remains high on the BVIEC’s to-do list.
“We know that they (the BVIEC) have done a marvellous job in getting things back and they are getting streetlights in as many places as possible. But, yes, the area by The Moorings is really very bad and we have asked them to focus on this quickly as possible and around town generally,” Vanterpool said.
“We are cognizant of it … and we are going to be working hard at that,” the minister reiterated.
The territory has experienced a considerable amount of burglaries and other crimes in recent times.
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