Two electroplating factories being run illegally in Darya Ganj here have been unearthed by the enforcement team of power distribution company BSES Yamuna Power Limited.

According to a company spokesperson, raids were carried out recently and two illegal electroplating factories were found to be cumulatively stealing over 50 kW of electricity by hooking directly from the nearby BSES LV mains.

“There were no meters found on either of the two premises. To ensure there was no attack on the BSES inspection team from unscrupulous elements, they were accompanied by the Delhi Police personnel,” the spokesperson said.

According to the provisions of the Indian Electricity Act 2003, a cumulative penalty of around Rs.17 lakh has been imposed on owners of the premises. “They have been given sufficient time to pay-up the fine, failing which a case will be filed against them in the special court of electricity,” the spokesperson said.

“On analysis of data collected from the area, there are around 80-90 illegal electro-plating factories operating in Darya Ganj alone. These factories in spite of being sealed by the civic authorities for being hazardous for the residents of the area are still operating in a clandestine fashion. We therefore shared the data analysis with the civic authorities and together with the police assistance conducted these anti-power theft raids,” said a BYPL official.

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