Staff Reporter

Incidences of power theft increase manifold during the festive season, say discoms

"Organisers tap electricity from overhead mains causing huge financial losses for the discoms"

NEW DELHI: The beginning of the festive season has put the Capital’s power distribution companies on high alert. The discoms claim that incidences of power theft increase manifold during the season when scores of pujas and functions are organised all over the city.

Discoms sources claim that in some theft-prone areas organisers, instead of opting for a temporary connection, often opt for the short-cut and tap electricity from overhead mains, causing a huge financial loss to the power companies.

“The month of September marks the commencement of the festive season. Important festivals and functions like Ramlila, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Id fall in these months. This is also the season which usually sees an increase in the incidence of power theft,” said a BSES official.The company claims that its enforcement teams have caught an organiser of a large Ganpati Mahotsav stealing over 107 kW of power in Karol Bagh recently. The discom claims that the organisers of Shri Ganesh Maratha Mandal were stealing electricity by tapping directly on to the nearby overhead LV Mains. Under the Indian Electricity Act, 2003, a penalty of around Rs. 40 lakh is liable to be imposed on them.

The company has also taken action against more than 16 Kawaria camps and over 20 Janmashtami puja pandals for stealing electricity instead of seeking a temporary connection. Urging residents and organisers of such functions to avoid illegal tapping from overhead power lines, a discom official said the practice directly affects the power supply in the area. While BRPL and BYPL have despatched letters informing the residents’ welfare associations organisers to take bona fide temporary legal connections, NDPL too has made provisions to give temporary connections for such functions.