By BBN Staff: The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today expressing its concern over the breakdown of electrical and water services in Caye Caulker.
The PUP joins the Caye Caulker Business Association and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in calling on the Government of Belize (GOB) to urgently find a solution to this “disaster.”
“It is unacceptable that Caye Caulker is without water and electricity for 5 days with electricity being fully restored only this morning at 2 a.m. – the most basic needs for a decent quality of life for the thousands living on the island. In addition to this being unsafe and unhealthy, businesses and tourism establishments are suffering significant losses as visitors are canceling their vacation plans to the island due to lack of those essential services,” the PUP said.
In addition, the PUP reminds that this is the high season for the tourism industry and this has become a chronic situation for the livelihood of Caye Caulker residents.
The party notes that it is a disastrous image for the tourist destination, which in November was awarded the Destination of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board.
The PUP calls on the Minister of Tourism and Area Representative for Caye Caulker Manuel Heredia, the Government of Belize, the Public Utilities Commission and the Ministers responsible for Tourism and Public Utilities to address the residents of Caye Caulker with definitive and concrete answers.
The island of Caye Caulker contributes significantly to the Belizean economy: creating jobs, paying GST, property taxes, social security, hotel taxes and other fees.
The PUP urges the Government to find a solution at the earliest for the residents of Caye Caulker.
The PUP also urges that an inquiry by the PUC be done in earnest to determine the root cause of this crisis and what mitigating plans the utility companies will put in place to ensure there is no reoccurrence in the future.
“ It is a New Year and Belizeans demand better!” the statement ends.