High-voltage electricity lines are seen in Mansourieh. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Residents of Mansourieh and Ain Saadeh rejected Sunday Cabinet's decision to revive a committee responsible for installing high-voltage electricity lines.They have prevented Energy Ministry workers from installing high voltage lines, calling on the government to put them underground.In it's statement the residents offered an alternative solution to the government's energy woes in their area. According to residents, the contract would be similar to one signed by Gebran Bassil when he was still energy minister. According to their own calculations, the total value of the cables would be $ 21,500,000, with lines extending from two sets of power plants, the first connecting Aramoun to the Beirut southern suburbs and Hursh, the second connecting the Commercial power plant to the one in Ashrafieh and Mkalles.This arrangements would, the residents argue, would effectively decrease the total installation and supply cost of the cables.
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