Staff Correspondent

CHESCORP authorities have filed a complaint with Vijayanagar police

MIA is taking steps to coordinate and restore power from today

Estimated cost of the loss incurred by KPTCL

is Rs. 3 lakh

MYSORE: The authorities of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CHESCORP) have registered a complaint with the Vijayanagar police that oil is being drained from electrical transformers in Hebbal and Hootagalli industrial areas. Due to this, industries in both industrial areas do not have power and industrialists face a serious problem.

The Mysore Industries Association (MIA) has urged the police to intensify night patrolling in the areas and cautioned industrialists to keep a watch on their surroundings. The association also appealed to them to intimate the police if they find anyone moving suspiciously in the area.

The MIA is taking steps to coordinate and restore power from Wednesday. Meanwhile, the transformer opposite Globe Foods, which was burnt completely due to lack of oil, was replaced within 24 hours of the complaint being filed.

In a release here on Tuesday, general secretary of MIA Suresh Kumar said that miscreants removed oil from transformers in the industrial areas on Ayudha Puja and Vijayadashami days.

Cases of oil theft from transformers were reported on Monday. It was found that a total quantity of 640 litres of oil had been drained from the transformer in front of Sukumar Soft Drinks in Hebbal Industrial Area and Globe Foods in Hootagalli Industrial Area.

Oil was also taken from transformers in other areas. It was also found that steel fittings such as clamps and braces were stolen from some transformers.

The estimated cost of the loss incurred by Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) was Rs. 3 lakh, he added.

Mr. Kumar said that over 30 industries depending on these transformers had been forced to shut down their operations since Monday. KPTCL needed four days to refill the transformers.

It would release the required oil only after the authorities produced the First Information Report (FIR) copy. Till then the industries would have to go without power. The losses incurred by the industries would be huge, he said.

Industrialists suspect that the thieves came in trucks and took the oil using hose pipes after removing the fuse. In view of the increase in oil theft during holidays, the police should intensify night patrolling to create confidence among the industrialists, he said.