2 industrial units fined Rs 77 Lakh for stealing power

LUDHIANA: In a major crackdown on violators using illegal means to meet their daily power consumption, officials of the anti-power theft wing of the state recently carried out raids on two big local industrial units, and imposed penalties of approximately Rs77 lakh on offenders caught during the special checking drive.

The latest raid was held on Thursday evening, where a medium supply consumer was caught by the state power corporation stealing power by attaching an underground cable to the main direct supply cables passing through Sua Road in Kanganwal.

As per information provided by chief engineer (Central Zone) Paramjit Singh: “Acting on complaints raised by local consumers before the power corporation, a team of local power officials — including section engineer RS Tung, and sub-divisional officer Amit Yadav — conducted raids on two big private firms in the recent past, and recovered Rs77 lakh through penalties, as they had adopted illegal means to fulfil their daily power demand.”

He added: “The latest raid was carried out on Thursday on a factory premises based on Sua Road in Kanganwal, where a medium supply consumer was caught stealing power from the main supply passing through the same area. The industrial unit was running in the name of Vikramjeet Singh from a rental accommodation in Kanganwal. The offender was using 74.5kw load through an underground cable attached to the main supply. A penalty of Rs56.44 lakh was imposed for power theft, along with a composition fee of Rs9.20 lakh against the offender during the raid period.”

Earlier, the state power department conducted a raid a few days ago on a farmhouse in Basant Avenue, belonging to Amarjit Singh Bedi, and imposed a penalty of Rs11 lakh, because Bedi was caught using an illegal connection from a nearby transformer. A criminal proceeding has been initiated against suspected offenders for further investigation,” said the chief engineer.

COMPLAINT NUMBER

Any consumer can raise such a matter of power theft before the state power corporation, using the toll-free number 1912, or complain to the local lineman, so that immediate action can be taken against the violators.

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