Power distribution company BSES has swooped down on a copper moulding factory that was found illegally drawing 125 KW of electricity for industrial purposes in West Delhi. A penalty of over Rs 1.2 crore has been levied on the owners.
According to a BSES spokesperson, during an inspection a BRPL Enforcement team caught a mid-sized copper moulding unit in Molarband in West Delhi stealing electricity by hooking from a nearby BSES LV Mains. “Though the factory had a three-phase meter with a sanctioned load of 31 KW, it was found by-passed. According to the DERC guidelines, a penalty of Rs 1.2 crore has been imposed on the accused – Mohd Rehman, Mehrajuddin and Nasim. If the accused do not pay the fine within a stipulated timeframe, a FIR will be filed and a case lodged in the Special Court,” said a spokesperson.
In another case, Musahid Hussain, owner of a mid-sized industrial unit was sent to prison for stealing around 17 KW of electricity in East Delhi. Following his arrest, a Special Court had remanded the accused to 14 days judicial custody for stealing electricity. “In November 2007, a BYPL Enforcement team, accompanied by CISF personnel and the local police had raided an industrial unit, which had a mid-sized garment unit and an industrial steam press – both running on stolen electricity,” the spokesperson said.
The industrial unit was found to be illegally drawing nearly 17 KW of electricity from a nearby BSES LV Mains. According to the DERC guidelines, a penalty of Rs 10.56 lakh was levied on the accused. When the accused did not pay the penalty amount, a case was filed in the Special Court at Patparganj.