Consumers will face the following criminal accusations for electricity theft: KPDCL
Consumers will face the following criminal accusations for electricity theft: KPDCL

Srinagar, Dec. 2: In the last ten days of November 2023, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) disconnected almost 11,000 customers and carried out an astounding 10,465 inspections in an effort to curb widespread power theft and enhance bill payments from noncompliant customers.

The KPDCL also realized income of Rs 85.24 crore, including electricity revenues, at the same time, according to an official spokesperson in a statement released today, with the highest remittances of Rs 16.42 crore recorded on November 28 alone.


A KPDCL representative provided specifics, confirming that flat-rated customers across the Kashmir division are often putting up lines on bare conductors in metered locations and using more energy than is agreed upon.

In the last ten days of November, customers in all six O&M Circles who were discovered to have engaged in power theft were hit with a penalty of Rs 1.03 crore due to an examination that went into overdrive. Up to 995 connections were made regular, and 2120 KW of load were added, according to the spokesperson.

Circle of O&M With 2945 inspections, Ganderbal was the most thorough, followed by Circle Spore (2048), Circle II Srinagar (1950), Pulwama (1528), Bijbehara (1004), and Circle I Srinagar (990).
The official acknowledged that KPDCL patrolling teams braved below-freezing weather to uncover power theft and provided information on 11,238 customers who were disconnected in the last ten days of November owing to unpaid energy bills that exceeded three months.

There were 346 industrial, 2979 commercial, and 7828 home customers included in this.

The spokesperson promised the customers that the extra power that the Center had given to J&K would be curtailed strictly according to the plan.
The KPDCL spokesperson emphasized the need for users to use electricity responsibly and cautioned them against hooking up, evading meters, and going over overload. If these actions continue, KPDCL may pursue criminal charges in accordance with applicable Electricity Act provisions.

“We will shortly begin disclosing information on customers who owe the company thousands of rupees for unpaid electricity bills. We will also bring prostitutes to justice who brazenly abuse authority without authorization,” he said. “Those who physically attack KPDCL employees while they are carrying out their official duties will be the targets of formal complaints.”

The spokesperson also issued a warning to businesses, such as hotels, shopping centers, and other establishments, that have been exposed to illegal meter manipulation and have been apprehended by the KPDCL Central Inspection Squad.

“We have penalized them and taken legal action against them. The First Appellate Authority upheld these sanctions for power theft in accordance with Sections 126 and 127 of the Electricity Act. KPDCL will see to it that the penalties are deposited; if not, we’ll take firm action and file lawsuits against them,” he said. “The KPDCL has all of these defaulters’ lists, and they will soon be made public.”
A KPDCL official confirmed the success of the rapid inspection and disconnection activities, stating that more would be conducted in the future with the goal of avoiding energy losses and improving revenue collection from noncompliant customers.

Such drives have yielded a great deal of beneficial insight. This will support us in sticking to the power curtailment plan and providing comfort to the real customers,” he said.
The spokesperson expressed worry about the frequency of damage to domestic transformers (DTs) and asked customers to avoid overloading DTs, which may cause severe problems for whole homes during the busiest winter months.

“We have continued to replace damaged transformers at a consistent pace. In order to restore damaged DTs and guarantee a timely replacement, our personnel at Central Workshop Pampore and divisional-level workshops are working around the clock, the speaker said.



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