June 08, 2019 08:47 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Haryana Power Utilities are committed to prevent unauthorised use of electricity and its theft. On June 6, the Operation and Vigilance Wing of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam raided about 3,000 government residential complexes and over 200 private premises where electricity theft worth over Rs 55 lakh was caught and 98 meters were packed on the basis of suspicion.

While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the UHBVN said that the Department is taking action against the consumers under the Electricity Act. FIRs will be lodged against the violators, who have not deposited the fines and they will also be arrested. Along with imposing fine on government officials involved in power theft, the Department is also informing the concerned departments of such government employees to take departmental action against them.

He said that in Ambala Circle of North Haryana, penalty amounting to Rs 2.56 lakh has been imposed on 7 government officials and 14 private consumers whereas in Yamunanagar Circle, fine of Rs 3.02 lakh was imposed on 10 employees. Similarly, penalty of Rs 55,000 has been imposed on two employees and Rs 4.75 lakh on 21 private consumers, Rs 5.73 lakh on 21 private consumers in Sonepat, Rs 1.75 lakh on two employees and Rs 4.74 lakh on 23 private consumers in Rohtak, Rs 27,000 on three employees in Kurukshetra, Rs 12,000 on one employee and Rs 69,000 on four private consumers in Kaithal and in Jhajjar circle, penalty of Rs 85,000 has been imposed on two employees. Similarly, a penalty of around Rs 25 lakh has been imposed on 70 government employees in the South Haryana area.

He said that tightening the noose on power theft will not only help the department to reduce line losses, but the other consumers will also get continuous electricity of good quality.

An appeal has been made to all the citizens of the state to inform the corporation about the incidents of power theft around them and get reward in lieu of it. Such information can be given through phone or WhatsApp numbers issued by the all Sub Division Offices of the Power Utilities. Apart from this, information about power theft can also be given through WhatsApp of all XE.N. (Executive Engineer), S.E (Superintending Engineer), Chief Engineer or senior officers posted at headquarters, on which immediate action will be taken by the officers. Apart from this, the Toll Free Number 18001801011 issued by the Department can be contacted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on any working day. The identity of the person giving information about power theft will be kept secret and there is provision of providing cash to them as a reward. 


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