The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) flied high and netted more than Rs 10 crore on account of power thefts exposed in a state-wide crackdown. The MSEDCL undertook a special drive across Maharashtra in the month of May and detected pilfering of 16,25,840 units in 1007 cases. Subsequently, an amount of Rs 10.28 crore was recovered from 1566 electricity stealers and the offenders were booked under various sections of Electricity Act-2003 apart from other penalizing actions. The special drive was undertaken in 14 Divisions of MSEDCL.
During the drive, the MSEDCL squads inspected 3292 consumers of Single Phase and Three-Phase connections belonging to domestic, commercial and industrial categories. Subsequently, action was taken against a total of 1007 consumers under Section 135 of the Electricity Act-2003 and 51 consumers faced Section 126 of the Act on the charges of power theft. Out of the above said offenders, complaints against 410 consumers have been lodged with various police stations across the State and the process in other cases is underway. The maximum cases of power thefts were detected in Kalyan (244) followed by Bhandup (193), Nagpur Rural (186), Amravati 167), Nashik (118), Pune (110), Latur (110), Nanded (85), Kolhapur (79), Baramati (70), Ratnagiri (71), Jalgaon (62), Aurangabad (46) and the least in Nagpur City (25).
The drive was undertaken by all Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, and 42 Engineers and employees of Flying Squads under the guidance of MSEDCL’s Vigilance and Security Department’s Acting Director Shivaji Indalkar, a press release issued by Deputy Chief Public Relations Officer of MSEDCL’s Nagpur Urban Zone said.