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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - The Government of St. Lucia and LUCELEC are continuing the electrification drive along the countryís highways and byways.

Latest reports are that at the end of 2004, illumination had been completed along the entire East Coast Highway, from Castries to Vieux Fort.

Now, with the start of a new year, attention is being turned to the West Coast, with new street lights already being installed between the villages of Anse-la-Raye and Canaries.

Officials of the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities, along with LUCELEC officials, say that the countryís electrification programme has continued apace, with quarterly installation of street lights in rural and urban areas where they never existed before.

Ministry officials point out that illumination of the nationís highways not only illuminates the streets by night, but also assists motorists and helps in the overall maintenance of the islandís roads.

Since 1997, the Government has placed priority on taking electricity to areas throughout the country that had been neglected or overlooked by previous national electrification plans.

Since then, electricity has been taken for the first time to several areas such as Bouton in Soufriere and Park Estate in Choiseul, as well as to communities in Dennery and Micoud on the East Coast and Laborie and Vieux Fort in the South.


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