The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company (TSSPDCL) lost Rs 1,300 crore revenue because of power theft and other distribution issues in past five years. The southern circle, which encompasses Old City and its surrounding areas, accounts for more than 40% of the losses. Now, TSSPDCL is levying surcharges on bills to recover its losses.
Old City accounts for 80% of the southern circle and includes divisions such as Charminar and Asmangarh and areas such as Santoshnagar, Bhavani Nagar, Madannapet, Chanchalguda, Dabirpura, Moghulpura and Falaknuma as well as Karwan and Mangalhat under Begum Bazar division. The discom has collect only 52% of total amount it should have from consumers who resorted to power pilferage.
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) audit report mentioned huge losses being suffered by TSSPDCL. “Of the total energy losses, south circle of Hyderabad contributed 40% in 2016-17. The losses in south circle were attributed to unauthorized loads” the CAG report said.[Courtesy-The times of India]