A trader from Crafts Alive Village called the conditions he has been forced to do business under “terrible” since electricity was cut in the area for more than three months.
Abdul Shabazz, a village fruit smoothie vendor, said store owners have had to resort to generators to power their businesses in the meantime, which, coupled with the COVID-19 issues in BVI, has taken a toll on them. affected his business.
Shabazz, whose business relies heavily on reliable electricity to power blenders and a very large fridge / freezer, further said he had asked City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards for a letter of consent to install his own meter. electric and its own connection in its store, but was not authorized to do so.
“I don’t know what’s the deal with the light bill and everything, but it’s very, very unfair,” complained the clearly pissed off store owner.
He pleaded in a recent interview on ZBVI for the city manager to urgently address his concerns and denounced the fact that no one was listening to the cries of the Crafts Alive vendors.
“We can install our own [electrical]counter if that’s the problem. I don’t know if they want the square to be closed. But if they want it to be closed, they should say something so we can move on, ”Shabazz added.
He argued that the village vendors are not animals and deserve their pleas for help answered.
“I don’t know what I’m doing. I give more than I sell in this country so I don’t know what the problem is, ”added Shabazz who said business had declined by 90% since the pandemic.
Electricity was not disconnected for three months
Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Public Works and Utilities, Andrew St Hilaire, refuted claims that the village’s electricity had been permanently cut off for three months. He noted that it was reconnected after payments were made, but disconnected again when payments stopped.
He explained that the village is currently under the Wickhams Cay Development Authority (WCDA) which manages these facilities in the city and explained that the village is served by a single electric meter, not by individual meters for each store.
“This is maintained by the sellers who play their role as tenants within Crafts Alive [Village]”said St Hilaire.
He expressed that due to the COVID-19 situation in the territory, things have been very slow at Crafts Alive.
The deputy secretary also said he is currently studying the issue of overdue utility bill payments with the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC).
He said that as he sought to rectify the backlogs which are now between two statutory bodies – the BVIEC and WCDA – he could not say when power would be restored to the site as this was entirely at the discretion of the BVIEC. , once a payment arrangement has been made.
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