Good and bad news for Hilton

2014-02-21 00:00

HILTON residents who have long bemoaned the lack of maintenance of their electricity infrastructure will be pleased to learn that the Msunduzi Municipality is about to start upgrading the electricity network there.

However, the work will involve the co-operation of residents who will have to endure some inconvenience.

There will be electricity interruptions, open trenches and some gardens may have to be dug up.

The electricity department sent a letter to ward councillor Pam Passmoor asking her to inform residents of disruptions and that they will need access to properties because some of the poles are situated in gardens there.

Residents are asked to watch pets that may pose a threat to teams working in the area. “Traffic may be affected because of the trucks working, but the necessary signs will be put up ...”

The letter also warned that noise levels may be elevated as the artisans work at the top of the poles while their assistants stand on the ground and they need to communicate with each other from time to time.

According to Msunduzi Municipality, four companies have been contracted to carry out the maintenance work. They are Gubela Trading, Rock Power Lines, SBS Electrical and Zama Traffic Signals.

The letter to Passmoor informs residents of the benefits of the project, which include a reduction in power outages, the life span of the network will be increased and most importantly it will allow the network to withstand abnormal weather conditions. Hilton has often suffered power outages in the past during windy and rainy weather.

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