Access to electricity and street light services to be improved in Suzak region
Bishkek, April 17 / Kabar /. On April 18, 2012, the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will award an $86,507 grant to improve electricity services and street lighting in the Barpy ayil okmotu of Suzak district in Jalalabad oblast. The press service of the US Embassy in Bishkek reports.
The year 2010 saw a substantial increase in electric power demands in Suzak as a result of internal migration following the June 2010 events. Competition for an already weak electricity supply created tensions between migrants and local communities, and undermined citizens’ trust in local government services. In response, U. S. Government funds will supply two transformers, lamps, power lines, and street poles to upgrade the power distribution system in Choko-Tobo village, benefitting 1,700 multi-ethnic residents. The local government will provide necessary permits to upgrade the system, and the Suzak Electricity Department (RES) will oversee the technical implementation of the project. By leveraging resources, this activity will support the local government’s ability to respond to an emerging source of tension and ensure equitable access to electricity for this multi-ethnic community in Jalalabad.