Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
Bring down losses to 18 per cent, says DERC to discoms
BSES has marked 11 divisions where it found the percentage of theft to be over 50 per centOver 46,000 power theft cases involving 2.8 lakh kW of electricity theft load have been booked
NEW DELHI: With the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission mandating that the aggregate technical and commercial losses of the power sector be brought down to around 18 per cent from the current level of about 35 per cent, the Capital's power distribution companies have drawn up a list of the most theft-prone divisions to launch concerted drives against theft there.
For its part, BSES has drawn up a list of 11 divisions where it found the percentage of theft to be over 50 per cent. The area most prone to theft was found to be Jaffarpur with 86.5 per cent theft, followed by Najafgarh at 78.33 per cent, Yamuna Vihar at 72.05 per cent, Mundka at 69.80 per cent and Nand Nagri at 68.97 per cent.
Apart from these five areas, several others -- Khanpur, Palam, Vikaspuri, Karawal Nagar, Paharganj and Chandni Chowk -- were also found to be having theft levels of over 50 per cent.
Already in anti-theft operations in BRPL and BYPL areas over 46,000 power theft cases involving 2.8 lakh kW of electricity theft load have been booked, penalties of over Rs. 550 crores imposed, over 3,000 cases filed in Special Courts and over 100 accused sent to jail.
With demands for an end to load-shedding in theft-prone areas gaining currency and people increasingly seeking uninterrupted power supply for honest consumers in areas where the level of theft is very low, such profiling of areas is increasingly becoming important.
Incidentally, the power transmission losses are claimed to have come down from over 50 per cent in 2002, when the private discoms came in, to about 35 per cent in 2006.
They are to be brought down further to below 18 per cent over the next two to three years.
To curb these losses, three companies of the Central Industrial Security Force have been deployed -- one with each discom -- for helping then during anti-theft raids and five special courts have been set up for speeding up prosecution in these cases.