Staff Reporter

210 alleged thieves nabbed, theft amounted to 1,747 kW

NEW DELHI: In a massive crackdown against power theft in its area, the North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) enforcement wing recently carried out a series of raids and claimed to have nabbed 210 power thieves who were indulging in power theft amounting to 1,747 kW worth Rs. 3.17 crore. The raids unearthed thefts in several consumer categories including industrial, commercial and domestic through tampering of meters with the help of external devices.

The enforcement wing also conducted raids during Diwali and caught and booked a total load of 110.62 kW allegedly being stolen in Ganga Triveni Apartments (39.12 kW), Kamdhenu Apartments (2.5 kW), Veer Purush Apartments (6 kW), Dhruv Apartments (31 kW) and Anubhav Apartments (32 kW) in Rohini. According to an NDPL spokesman, the company is constantly conducting raids on power thieves. "We have intensified the drive on industrial, commercial and domestic power thieves to safeguard the interests of the honest consumers and to bring down the losses incurred in Delhi on account of such thefts,"' he added.

The alleged offenders include 25 industrial establishments in various areas, which have been booked for direct theft. The industrial units were allegedly caught stealing a total of 800 kW of electricity. The total theft assessment of these industrial units comes to Rs 1.78 crores.

A total of 39 commercial establishments in various areas of North and North-West Delhi were booked for alleged direct theft for a total connected load of 298 kW and the unreported assessment comes to Rs. 86 lakhs.

A total of 140 domestic consumers in Gupta Colony, Mangolpuri, RA Road, Inderpuri, Prashant Vihar and Rohini areas were caught and booked for alleged direct theft of 502 kW. The total penalty in this case was around Rs. 47 lakhs.