Power theft :BSES to hold Lok Adalats

14,000 consumers of both BSES Rajdhani Power and BSES Yamuna Power who are “litigants” in power theft cases

The Delhi electricity-distribution company (discom) BSES on Thursday announced that special Lok Adalats to settle Power-theft cases in areas under its jurisdiction will be held on February 9 and 10.

In a release, the discom said notices had been sent in this regard to 14,000 consumers of both BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) who are “litigants” in Power theft cases. 

The discom said following the settlement of dues it would provide facilities for on-the-spot reconnection as well as applying for on-the-spot new connections.

“Consumers can use this opportunity for an amicable and on-the-spot settlement of their Power theft cases, relating to both Direct Theft and Meter Tampering,” a BSES statement said. 

“Customers desirous of settling their Power theft cases can either attend in person or through their authorised representatives,” BSES said. 

“Cases that are either pending in any court of law or are yet to be filed in any such court will be taken up by the Lok Adalat,” it added. 

According to the discom, post their settlement orders, customers will be given sufficient time to pay their bills. 

“Cash counters will be set up enabling the customers to pay their bills on the spot. They can also pay at the designated BRPL/BYPL offices,” it said.

This is the second Lok Adalat being organised by BSES discoms in the last couple of months. 

“The Lok Adalats organised in December 2018 had settled around 4,000 Power theft cases with a value of around Rs 39 crore. The last over 20 Special Lok Adalats, including the ones held in December, have resolved around 34,000 cases with a value of around Rs 270 crore getting settled on the spot,” a BSES spokesperson said.

According to the discom, the forthcoming special courts are being organised on popular demand.[ETEnergy World]