40 power theft cases found at Uran, `10L fine col­lected

IN A MONTH MSEDCL will also start com­pre­hen­sive elec­tric me­tre test­ing in the en­tire taluka to curb the men­ace; of­fi­cials say 40% of the sup­ply is be­ing stolen

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URAN: With in­creas­ing in­stances of power theft com­ing to light, the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany Lim­ited (MSEDCL) is crack­ing the whip on those in­volved in the men­ace.

Af­ter an in­spec­tion ma­jor drive in Pan­vel re­gion re­cently, a sim­i­lar drive was con­ducted in Uran area by the MSEDCL’s Uran di­vi­sion.

At least 40 cases of power thefts have been de­tected in the past one month in Uran re­gion and ac­tion has been taken against those re­spon­si­ble for it.

Pravin Sali, ad­di­tional ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of Uran MSEDCL, said, “We have ini­ti­ated a spe­cial in­spec­tion and de­tec­tion drive as there were re­ports of a num­ber of in­stances of power thefts.”

“From the 40 cases power theft cases, we have col­lected fines of Rs10,76,330. Th­ese peo­ple had il­le­gally con­sumed 69,943 units of power,” said Sali.

If a per­son is guilty of steal­ing elec­tric­ity, he may not get a pass­port if he has ap­plied for one.

The po­lice can also ex­tern the ac­cused.

Elec­tric­ity theft is a non-bail­able of­fence and at­tracts jail for three to five years.

The power thieves, of­fi­cials say, had used a num­ber of ways to evade elec­tric­ity bills.

“Some con­sumers had doc­tored the cir­cuit of the elec­tric me­tre, some had tapped the ser­vice wire while oth­ers had used the loop­ing tech­nique from the elec­tric me­tres,” said Sali.

“Even as consumption was high, the me­tre read­ing was quite less. This led to power leak­age,” said Sali.

At present power theft and leak­age in Uran taluka is re­ported to be 40%. The fig­ure rose to 42% in JNPT feeder and GTP feeder ar­eas. If power leak­age in feed­ers ex­ceeds 42%, load shed­ding be­comes manda­tory.

“The feeder load is cur­rently on the border line. If power leak­age is not re­duced sub­stan­tially, we will have to start load shed­ding in the area,” said Sali.

“To con­trol power leak­age and theft in the re­gion, we will soon be con­duct­ing com­pre­hen­sive elec­tric me­tre test­ing in en­tire Uran taluka. All those vi­o­lat­ing the norms will be strictly dealt with,” said Sali.

Last month, raids were con­ducted in Taloja and nine vil­lagers of the re­gion.

This led to a de­tec­tion of 278 cases of power thefts and Rs21 lakh worth of il­le­gal power us­age. The MSEDCL has reg­is­tered po­lice cases against those re­fus­ing to pay. Squads have been formed to clamp down on the men­ace.

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