Govt school in Gurgaon draws power illegally after connection snapped over dues

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2016 01:10 IST
Discom DHBVN snapped power on July 27 after the government school in Sushant Lok-1 failed to pay (HT Photo)

A government school in Sushant Lok Phase -1 is drawing electricity illegally through a direct connection since Monday.

The power meter of the primary school was burnt more than two years ago and it was allowed by the discom to draw electricity directly since then. But the school did not pay the electricity bill for the two-year period amounting to Rs 60,000.

Due to the non-payment of the bill, power discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) removed the meter and snapped the connection on July 27.

As no electricity caused inconvenience to the nearly 150 students, the school illegally restored direct connection on Monday, leaving the discom authorities fuming.

Discom officials said the school owes more than Rs 60,000 for the electricity consumption during the period of two and a half years.

Sources in the district elementary education office claimed that the bill amount was released from the office, but was not deposited.

The headmaster of the school has not reported for duty since July 1 and is absent without applying for leave, said an official of the department.

“Electricity meter was burnt two and a half years ago and there was a direct supply of power as the discom did not replace the meter.

The school had direct supply of power since the meter was burnt. After the discom removed the burnt meter, the direct supply was restored, like earlier,” said Ram Kumar Phalswal, district elementary education officer.

He said the DHBVN was informed about the burnt meter but it was not replaced and students were finding it very difficult to sit in rooms without electricity.

Sub divisional officer, DHBVN, DLF, Kuldeep Nehra, said the meter was removed as electricity bill was not paid. Nehra said he was not aware that the connection was restored illegally and he would get it checked.

He said they would find out who restored the connection.

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