Jammu, August 03: With the vision to streamline distribution of power in Jammu, the Power Development Department (PDD) has launched a drive to curb power theft in the winter capital of the state.
Highlighting the extent of illegal power connections, the PDD has detected more than 500 “power thieves” during its week-long inspection drive.
The department disconnected 200 illegal connections in Udheywala, Puran Nagar and Talab Tillo while 200 connections were disconnected in Janipur, Subash Nagar, Roop Nagar, Paloura and Bantalab. Same kind of inspections were conducted in Channi Himmat, Gandhi nagar and Simbal camp and a number of illegal connections were disconnected at these areas also.
There are 15 lakh electric connection holders in Jammu, out of which only 8 Lakhs connections have electric meters installed while the other 7 lakhs are still drawing electricity without electronic meters in the state. Theft of electricity on the other hand is the major reason of the shortage of power in the state.
“Field officers have been directed to tighten noose around those who are indulging in power theft and causing loss to the exchequer. No one will be spared who is indulged in using illegal means to withdraw power,” Sanjeev Rohmetra, Assistant Executive Engineer, Gandhi Nagar, told The Tribune.
Officials of the department also said that most of the people were found drawing excess of electricity than the sanctioned load and had tempered with the electronic meters. The J&K State Electricity Regularity Act, Section 95 (1) of the Electricity Act says that whoever dishonestly hooks main power lines or tampers with meter is liable to face up to one month in jail.