KARNATAKA

‘Industries stealing power will face criminal action’

Special Correspondent

A unique system to tamper with electricity meters detected



11 industries in Bangalore found stealing power

A penalty of

Rs. 5 crore

imposed on them



SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Thursday that the Government would issue a last warning for disconnecting power supply to industries permanently and filing criminal cases against them if they were found stealing power.

Addressing presspersons here, he said that the vigilance cells of electricity supply companies and Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd had detected a unique system to tamper with electricity meters in Bangalore.

The Chief Minister said that unscrupulous consumers replaced the original seal of electricity meters with fake ones and stole power through remote control during the peak hours.

Cases

He said that criminal cases would be registered against some retired employees of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd who were found to be involved in providing this technology for power theft.

He said that the Special Vigilance Cell headed by Inspector General of Police Alok Mohan found 11 industries in Bangalore stealing power by adopting this unique technology.

A penalty of Rs. 5 crore had been imposed on errant industries.

Referring to the power shortage, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the State Government was not ignoring the problem.

Difficult

The depleting water level in the hydel power projects had made power generation difficult, the Chief Minister said. Added to it, the continued “step motherly” treatment by the Centre even in power-related matters had worsened the situation.

Though the State was entitled for 1550 MW from the Central grid, it was being supplied not even 1000 MW, he said.

Delegations

The situation had not improved even after he and Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa led several delegations to the Centre seeking electricity, he said.

The Chief Minister defended the recent transfer of officers stating that it was inevitable for any new Government as it would like to have officers for key posts of its choice. He appealed to the Opposition leaders not to criticise his Government without realising the facts.

Postponed

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the global investors meeting in Bangalore in January would be postponed in view of the global economic slowdown.

He, however, said that clearance for setting up of 12 industries with a total investment of Rs. 7,080 crore with a capacity to generate 82,000 jobs had been given.

He said that the World Kannada Sammelan to be held in Belgaum in December might be postponed by a month.

Report

His Government would give importance to the implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi Report, the Chief Minister said.

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