FOR THE students of a municipal school in Aarey Colony, the long wait for electricity is finally over. After more than five months, electricity was restored last week at the school complex that has two Marathi-medium, two Tamil-medium and one Hindi-medium school in the primary section and one Marathi-medium school in its secondary section.
The Indian Express had reported in August that the school complex with a student population of 1,700 had gone without electricity after an electricity pole — from which the school drew electricity — fell into the forest area last week of April.
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“It is a relief to have electricity back. For the students and the school management, it was a moment of joy,” said the principal of one of the Tamil-medium schools.
The delay had caused much distress to the students and teachers.
Students had to sit by the windows to read in the light and the computer lab was lying unused as the teachers and the administrative officer of unit 16 of P South ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ran from pillar to post to fix the problem.
Some teachers said that parents had even asked for transfer certificates for their wards. Located within the Aarey forest, the safety of the students within the complex had also been at stake.
After the pole fell, the school approached the BMC, which in turn went to the service provider to fix the matter.
The service provider agreed to draw underground cables to the school but wasn’t able to do so as the land belongs to Public Works Department (PWD) and is situated in an eco-sensitive area.
Work began only after Education Committee chairperson Hemangi Worlikar wrote to the Dairy Development Ministry.
“The service provider was asked to deposit a sum with the Dairy Development Ministry and the work began thereafter,” said Worlikar.