Pune ZP vice president Ranjit Shivtare said the process of paying dues has started and the administration has been asked to resolve the situation within 15 days.
While schools are set to reopen after the Diwali holiday, the electricity supply to more than 800 schools in Pune zilla parishad (ZP) – which has been disconnected by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for non-payment of bills on time – is unlikely to be reinstated on Monday. Pune ZP plans to restore power in 15 days.
Pune ZP vice president Ranjit Shivtare said the process of paying dues has started and the administration has been asked to resolve the situation within 15 days. “It has only been two or three days since the problem was revealed. We asked the administration to resolve it within 15 days. In the coming week, we will assess the situation again. Our goal is to restore it in 15 days, ”he said.
Of the 3,639 ZP schools in Pune district, more than 800 are currently without power due to non-payment of bills on time. “ZP has taken the necessary steps to restore the power supply. Electricity bills are sent to the addresses of the schools and not directly to the ZP. Schools were closed for a long time and therefore such a scenario must have happened, ”said Shivtare.
While schools are expected to reopen from November 22, Shivtare said the disconnected power supply will not cause inconvenience to ZP schools as only 846 of the total 3,639 ZP schools are expected to open and some of them are still powered. in electricity. “Not all 846 schools have disconnected the power supply. Once the academic session resumes, we will have a better idea. By Wednesday we should have the bifurcation of schools with power restored and those still in the dark, ”Shivtare said.
Pune ZP owes Rs2 crore and 28 lakh in electricity bills to MSEDCL. A senior official from the rural circle of MSEDCL Pune said on condition of anonymity that not only private establishments but even public sector companies did not pay their electricity bills on time. “We do not separately have the number of schools that have not paid their bills. It is the sole responsibility of public service establishments. For example, in the Baramati circle, which includes six tehsils, 34,224,000 are waiting for public service establishments. Once the bills are paid, we reestablish the connections. Details of school numbers can only be given by the ZP, ”the official said. ZP has already asked the gram panchayats to pay the electricity bills out of their funds.