Alarmed by the presence of unauthorised factories running in residential areas that are also a fire hazard, power distribution company BSES has written to civic agencies to take appropriate action.

According to the company, its investigation has revealed that there are illegal electro-plating factories in Central Delhi's Paharganj and Daryaganj areas operating in contravention of the norms.

“These factories had earlier been sealed by the civic authorities. But we have found that they have begun operations again in clandestine manner. We have notified the civic agencies as well as the pollution control board but no action has been taken so far,” said a Discom source.

Discom officials claim that the factories are running their concealed operations using stolen power worth several crores. But it is the threat to life and property that worries them the most. “There is a significant risk of electrical fires due to short circuiting in the area.”

Discom officials said the recurring cases of short-circuit because of these illegal factories are making it difficult to provide stable power supply in the area.

“With the sealing of these illegal factories in the last couple of years in Paharganj and Daryaganj, both the residents of the area and the Discom had heaved a sigh of relief in the anticipation that this would significantly bring-down the incidents of short-circuiting and power theft,” said a source, adding “many of them are stealing electricity from the bus-bar and hooking from nearby electricity poles”.

Another Discom official said the civic agencies should learn from the fire in Vishwas Nagar in October. “The cause of the fire was identified as short-circuit in the building's internal wiring. Since all these illegal factories have stolen electricity connections, the incidents of short-circuit and related fires increase many-fold,” he added.

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