Srinagar: In an embarrassment to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department Tuesday snapped water supply to its Lal Chowk Complex for defaulting on water bills for the last eight years, officials said.
Sources at the DSEK told Kashmir Reader that a couple of officials from PHE department came to the directorate on Tuesday and snapped the water supply “as our water bills are pending since a long time”.
The PHE’s latest water bill shot to the DSEK reveals that the directorate owes Rs 95,646 to the PHE.
In addition to the “previous balance” of over Rs 90,000, the DSEK has also not paid the Rs 4,800 that accrued in the current fiscal, reads the bill.
An official at the Srinagar Water Works Division of the PHE confirmed that the water supply to the DSEK had been snapped in view of the department’s failure to pay the dues.
The DSEK, the official informed, had not paid the water bills since April 2011.
Media Coordinator at the directorate, Riyaz Ahmad Mir surprisingly denied the development, altogether.
“…Water supply was freely available…There was no such issue,” he added.
A DSEK insider, however, said that the water supply at the directorate was “restored” after being snapped by the PHE earlier.
Over the unpaid water bills since 2011, Mir said the government had not released the required funds.
“Once the money is released, directorate has no issue in paying,” he said.
The PHE official said that the DSEK officials “might have restored it on their own”.
“Will they also deny defaulting on thousands of rupees as water bills?” he asked.
Secretary School Education, Ajeet Kumar Sahu did not respond to calls and messages even after this reporter briefed him about the matter through a text.