Nagpur: Alerted by sudden increase of incidents of power thefts, SNDL launched a major drive and removed more than 400 hooks from various parts of the 3 zones being handled by the distribution franchisee.
The leading areas of city where hooking is rampant include Sweeper Colony, Gangabai Ghat, Wathoda Ghat, Kalamna Village, Kamptee Road, Lashkaribagh, Gaddigodam, Jaripatka, Tajbagh etc. An estimated loss of more than 37,000 units has been recorded within last 2 weeks due to hooking alone. SNDL teams have also seized large number of hooks during this exercise. There have also been stray incidences of resistance in certain areas, where the team handled the situation and prevailed upon the citizens to avoid power theft keeping in mind not only the national losses in mind but also because of the potential danger associated with such supply.
As a goodwill gesture, the SNDL has also organized ‘New Service Connection’ camps in these areas to promote legalized power supply. SNDL has also expressed hope that with each such drive combining action and education, the number of cases of power theft through hooking and even other modes of theft may decrease over a period of time. The franchisee has decided to initiate its other reach-out programmes also to connect with consumers, especially students, and educate them about the impeding dangers of power theft besides the anti-social nature of this activity.
– Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha ( rajeev.nagpurtoday@g