Petrol pump owner fined Rs 7 lakh for power theft in Hoshiarpur

Petrol pump owner fined Rs 7 lakh for power theft in Hoshiarpur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 14

Enforcement team of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has imposed a penalty of Rs 7 lakh on a petrol pump owner for theft of electricity and an FIR has been registered against the consumer under Section 135 of the Electricity Act.

Ranjit Sharma, deputy engineer, enforcement wing, PSPCL, said the accused was a big commercial consumer and was running a petrol pump in the Saila Khurd area, Hoshiarpur. A team of the enforcement wing led by engineer Dharminder Kumar raided the premises of the petrol pump and detected that the main meter of the pump was tampered. During further investigation the engineer found that for the slow capturing of readings, the gears inside the meter were removed. Following this an immediate action was taken against the petrol pump owner and a case of power theft had been registered against him. The police are on the toes to arrest the accused” , stated Sharma.

The enforcement officials further informed that the power theft cases were on the rise in the area and monthly over 50 cases were being reported.

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