Hyderabad: The festive atmosphere that persisted in the IT corridor for three days, with colourful lights being put up for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), came to an end on Thursday night.
An official from the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Corporation Limited (TSSPDCL) said that the power supply to streetlights may have been cut-off by local officials because of electricity bills not being paid.
“These localities fall under the jurisdiction of the Tolichowki Sub-Station. The electricity bill for streetlights in these localities amounts to about Rs 1.35 lakh per month. Arrears of about Rs 7 lakh are pending with the GHMC,” the official said.
V. Mamatha, the deputy commissioner of the GHMC for the Serilingampally Circle, told this newspaper that the electricity bills for the streetlights had all been paid. “I verify with our engineers and will initiate the restoration of streetlights,” she said. Mr Krishnaiah, a TSSPDCL official from the Central Zone, said that the problem lay with the bank, and not with the GHMC.
“The GHMC staff deposited cheques for the payment of power bills at the State Bank of India. But some codes were changed when SBI merged with the State Bank of Hyderabad, and so the cheque bounced. After coming to know about this, we have the ordered concerned authorities to restore the power supply,” he said....