Penal action, huge fines proposed:Govt goes hammer and tongs against power thieves
Srinagar, Jan 17:
Beware consumers! If you are caught stealing power, you may have to face penal
action and shell-out huge fines.
documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Divisional
Commissioner, Kashmir, has directed all district development commissioners,
Managing Director and chief engineers of J&K State Power Trading
Corporation Limited (JKSPTC) to activate inspection teams and task force to
curb the menace of power theft.
“DCs, SSPs of all
districts shall provide necessary magistrates and police personnel along with
lady constables to the enforcement teams and task force teams. The violators
shall be booked under relevant rules,” read the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir
An official at
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir office, said government has told JKSPTC that
it should generate its own resources and not remain dependent on the financial
“As PDD has been
reconstituted into JKSPTC, it has to create its own revenue model. Stopping
power theft is one of the measures that will make JKSPTC viable,” he said.
The official said
that JKSPTC has sought police protection for its field staff to stop power
thefts. “This issue was raised with higher authorities that JKSPTC can’t go to
areas during night hours. Many a times they have to face public wrath,” he
government has asked the police department to provide assistance to JKSPTC in
stopping power thefts in Kashmir.
shows that fines have not deterred people from stealing power and therefore
government has decided to act tough to curb the menace. “So it has been decided
to file cases against those who often resort to power thefts,” he said.
has formed various teams to conduct inspections during nights in order to stop
pilferage. “All those who resort to power pilferage will be heavily fined. Besides
FIRs will also be lodged where power theft grossly take place,” the official
is an agreement of 800 megawatts, but the demand reaches 2000 megawatts during
“We owe money to
National Hydro Electric Power Corporation and J&K Power Development
Corporation. Each year, there is around
Rs 3000 crore revenue gap. Therefore government has directed JKSPTC to stop
power thefts,” the official said.
official said JKSPTC may borrow loans from banks to clear liabilities. “The
Corporation is no more longer dependent on exchequer. It has to create its own
resources,” he said.
He said there is
also a liability of Rs 26 crores of private entrepreneurs on account of repairs