Saint Lucia will soon get about 24,000 new street lights with surveillance cameras to assist in the battle against crime.
Senior Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal, Stephenson King, disclosed communities throughout the country will get the lights.
“We are hoping that very soon that it will be done,” the Castries North MP stated.
King spoke during Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
He said the Ministry of Economic Development was handling the street lighting project.
“It would mean once we complete the negotiations with LUCELEC and the contractor, we are hoping to install some 24,000 new streetlights throughout the country,” King told Town Hall meeting attendees.
“In addition to the street lights, it comes with the complement of cameras so every street light will also have a camera which will assist us in detecting criminal activity throughout the country,” the Senior Minister said.
He spoke amid a spike in fatal shootings, the latest of which occurred on Friday at Anse Ger, Micoud.
That fatal shooting pushed the Island’s homicide count for 2023 to fifty-seven.
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