During a three-month special drive launched by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to check power theft in Bareilly division, the department has found 13,068 consumers who despite having legit power connections either tampered with the meters or installed illegal connections. Officials said the connections of such consumers have been disconnected. FIRs have been lodged against 172 consumers for power theft.
The move comes following the Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to curb power theft, which is rampant in UP.
Speaking with TOI, power department, chief zonal engineer, RK Agarwal said, “Raids were conducted on more than 20,000 residents across Bareilly division — Bareilly, Pilibhit, Badaun and Shajahanpur — over the past three months. During the inspections, it was found that 13,068 people with legit power connections were stealing power. Of these, eight consumers were caught committing power theft by bypassing electricity meters. During the drive, we also provided new connections to more than 6, 000 people.”
Power theft, said Agarwal, not only causes revenue loss but leads to severe overloading on transformers/feeders which ultimately results in tripping. Besides, overloading could be dangerous as it may completely stall distribution of power, he added.
Agarwal said, “In case, a consumer does not have a legal power connection, the department gives him 24 hours to get a legit connection. If he fails, an FIR is lodged against the person under sections 135 and 138B of the Electricity Act, 2003.”
In April, the power department inspected as many as 220 localities of both Bareilly city and Bareilly rural. The department had booked 68 people in connection with power theft.