Callous discom pulls school’s power plug
A government primary school in Sector 14 has been functioning without electricity for the past 18 months due to non-payment of Rs 6.5 lakh power bill.
The school of 412 students and six teachers has five ceiling fans and five bulbs, ever since it started functioning in 2000.
The power bill also includes some unpaid previous bills. But according to school authority, the school’s monthly consumption is not worth more than R300 and there should not be any dues. Also, the school runs only for six hours in a day. So, the power consumption would be limited. The school also has a water cooler but it is nothing more than a showpiece in the absence of electricity.
“We made it clear to the electricity department that before 2000, the building was used by water department. So, the unpaid amount may be due on the water department. But despite our requests, the power connection has not been restored,” said Shashi Bala, in-charge of the school.
“A school cannot get this much amount of bill. I would ask the officer concerned to look into the matter. Even teachers can approach our Sector 18 office,” said Subhash Deswal, superintending engineer of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.