We have decided to switch to non-conventional sources of energy at our schools situated in far-off places across the district. This will solve the problem that has been troubling the administration for years. It will definitely save money
In order to shift from the conventional source of energy to clean energy, the authorities in Aurangabad Zilla Parishad have decided to switch to solar power. The move would save power bills and would provide electricity to the schools that are located at distant locations.
Currently, there are nearly 1,617 schools that are defaulting on their electricity bill payment and that is the reason they are not getting electricity. The ZP administration has decided to shift to solar power to overcome the perennial problem of bill payment.
CEO Pavneet Kaur told, “We have decided to switch to non-conventional sources of energy at our schools situated in far-off places across the district. This will solve the problem that has been troubling the administration for years. It will definitely save money.”
A day after the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd employees paid a day’s salary to clear power dues of 35 ISO-certified digital schools and restoring their power supply.
Authorities blamed the state government and the education department for neither allotting funds nor creating a subhead under which electricity bills of these schools can be paid.
MSEDCL official said that in most cases, the power bills of Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 are pending for months. Due to the failure to the pay these bills, the MSEDCL made temporary disconnections in some cases, while permanent in other cases.
Without elaborating much about power bills defaulted by ZP schools, MSEDCL Aurangabad zone joint managing director Om Prakash Bakoria said, “As of now, for the ZP schools, we have decided to take a sympathetic view.”