The people of Baisu in the Western Highlands Province were all smiles early this month following the switching on of electricity supply into the area.

The project, jointly funded by Hagen MP, William Duma and PNG Power has finally seen hard work come to fruition.

The whole project was valued at K500,000 with Minister Duma counter-funding with K275,000.

It has definitely brought smiles and light to faces of thousands of the Baisu community outside of Mt Hagen city.

The power was turned on for the first time on November 4 by PNG Power linesman based in Hagen.

The power lines have been connected through Kuk (DPI Station) to Baisu Correctional Institution, Barg and to other villages.

A community leader and local businessman Barry Maip expressed his excitement saying, “the community had a reason to celebrate because we are left out for more than 20 years living without electricity although we lived within the Mt Hagen city boundaries”.

In a gathering, he thanked Mr Duma and the Government of the day for making available funds for the project.

Mr Maip who had seven coffee plantations is grateful as his workers will now benefit from the power supply.

Despite of tangible government services that are accessible such as the water supply, primary schools and correctional services, electricity and road services have been neglected by the Government for many years.

PPL’s senior linesman, Peter Kunagila Gula based in Hagen told the Post Courier in an article that the people have been neglected for many years though they are living within the city’s vicinity.

He urged the people to look after the power lines so that it will look after them in providing light and other benefits.