Power provide to a minimum of 800 Zilla Parishad colleges has been snapped over non-payment of dues in Maharashtra’s Pune district, an official mentioned at the moment.
The Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Firm Restricted (MSEDCL) has snapped the facility provide to those colleges, the senior Zilla Parishad official mentioned.
The cumulative excellent invoice quantity is over Rs 2 crore and the first explanation for the disconnections was non-payment of energy payments by colleges, which have been closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he mentioned.
“Power provide has been snapped for round 800 colleges. Primarily, the reason for the disconnection is because of non-payment of payments, and points about mistaken billing have been raised with the MSEDCL,” mentioned Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad.
Gram panchayats have been allowed to repay the payments from their funds reminiscent of college enchancment funds, he mentioned.
As a preparation earlier than reopening, colleges have been inspected to see if they’d any infrastructural points, as they’d remained closed because of the pandemic, the official mentioned.
In the course of the inspection, it was came upon that energy provide had been snapped in some colleges, and when colleges have been requested concerning the non-payment of payments, they cited that contingency fund given by the state authorities had not been distributed because the final monetary yr, he mentioned.
“There are 4,600 colleges within the district, of which 800 have misplaced energy connections. The entire excellent invoice for all these colleges is Rs 2.28 crore. We have now requested the quantity from the federal government. We have now additionally allowed gram panchayats to repay these payments from native funds reminiscent of college enchancment funds,” he mentioned.
Points concerning disputed payments have been raised with the facility utility, the official mentioned.
“A few of the payments have been paid, however the connections haven’t but began and we’re in talks with the facility utility over the resumption of the provision,” he mentioned.
Some colleges have been used as quarantine centres, so the respective gram panchayats have requested that energy payments ought to be paid from the State Catastrophe Response Fund (SDRF), Mr Prasad mentioned.
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