New Delhi: A special court in Delhi on electricity has ordered attachment of properties of power consumers who indulged in energy pilferage but did not pay the penalties. All these properties were sealed between August 21 and September 9, 2019, when the accused did not pay the power theft fines. These properties are situated in Karawal Nagar, Harsh Vihar, New Usmanpur, Gokalpur, Bhajanpura, Welcome Colony, Seelampur, Khajoori Khas, GTB Enclave etc of Delhi, a statement issued by BSES Delhi discoms said.
The 21 cases led to pilferage of about 550 KW of electricity and as per guidelines were levied penalties of around Rs 6.2 crore. Of these, in the 16 cases, electricity was being stolen by way of direct theft and five by way of meter tampering.
The statement said though technical and commercial losses, largely on account of power theft have reduced by over 50% in Delhi, there are pockets where it continues to be a menace. Efforts of discoms teams to check the irregularities are routinely thwarted by the local miscreants on many occasions. Even efforts to spruce-up network are resisted in certain unauthorized colonies. Whenever inspection teams reach there, unscrupulous elements of the area don’t let them check the[Courtesy: The Economic Times News]