With an aim to curb power theft, The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) has set October 15 as the deadline to provide legal power connections to households which steal electricity from power cables. As per official data available with the power department, as many as 35.74 lakh households across the state have been identified by various distribution companies (discoms) to be committing power theft.
According to the power department, below poverty line (BPL) families and those under SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census) will be provided free electricity connections. Others will be charged Rs 500, which can be paid in 10 installments (of Rs 50 a month). Consumers will be given a power connection even if they pay the first installment as the corporation aims to convert illegal users into authentic ones and curb power theft, said officials. Each household will be offered installation of electricity meters, connecting cables and a BPL kit, consisting of a socket board and an LED bulb, all free of cost. Read more