KPDCL To Slap Hefty Fine, File FIRs To Curb Power Theft

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Srinagar: As the harsh winter is about to set in, the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) on Wednesday announced to launch a major crackdown to curb electricity theft and initiate legal proceedings against the accused.

“All those who resort to power pilferage will be heavily fined and FIRs will also be lodged where power theft grossly takes place, KPDCL Chief Engineer, Ajaz Ahmad said Wednesday.

He said that the corporation has taken several measures to stop the misuse of electricity in the Valley. One such step, he said, was the formation of teams to conduct surprise inspections to stop electricity theft.

Ahmad further said that the cases of power theft increase during the winter months, which leads to severe overloading of the distribution system at places, resulting in power cuts.

The KPDCL Chief Engineer said that over the next few weeks raids will be carried in posh colonies in the city and other parts of the valley.

“We have seen in the past that power thefts were unearthed even in the posh colonies of Srinagar,” he said, adding “If people use electricity judiciously and pay as per the consumption, then there won’t be power cuts at all,”

The announcement of a crackdown by the power corporation comes at a time when the locals in theValley are fuming over the unscheduled power cuts. Even complaints of power cuts are pouring in from metered area of the city and elsewhere.

 “We witness frequent power cuts from the last one week. We are bound to get 24 hour electricity supply as per the rules but the power department often resorts to unscheduled power cuts,” Mohammad Ayoub, a resident of Bemina said.

Many consumers alleged that when meters were installed in their areas, the corporation had promised round-the-clock supply.

They said instead of improving the power supply, the authorities are blaming the people for the abrupt power cuts saying they were not using the electricity judiciously. (KINS)

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