Raid against illegal power connections

PSPCL levies penalty of Rs 10L on a farm house owner for misuse of electricity

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25

The enforcement wing of PSPCL, led by Senior Executive Engineer Enforcement, Hoshiarpur, today raided a farm house in Dallewal village of the district. The team found gross misuse of domestic electricity connection by the consumers.

A dairy farm with hundreds of cattle was running on the domestic supply of power. The consumer had installed a large number of machines for processing, packaging of milk and preparation of sweets and other milk products in four different sheds of his premises. The tariff for such kind of electricity use falls in the non-residential or commercial category and is on the higher side than the domestic one.

The sanctioned load of the consumer was 25 kW, while 50 kW additional load was found connected in his premises. Misuse of an AP motor installed in the same premises was also detected. Later, the enforcement team also raided a bakery and a sweets shop of the same consumer in Hoshiarpur, where there was also an excess load of 20 kW.

Deputy Chief Engineer, enforcement wing, Rajit Sharma, said a fine of Rs 10 lakh has been levied on the consumer for several infringements. PSPCL, CMD, A Venu Parsad has directed the Enforcement Wing to fully ensure implementation of rules and regulations of the corporation and implementation of zero tolerance policy towards electricity theft and corruption.

In another raid led by Harjinder Singh Bansal, Distribution Circle, PSPCL, Jalandhar, in various areas of the district, including, Model Town, East, West, Cantt and Phagwara division, Rs 13.06 fine was slapped on 30 consumers found involved in power theft and metre tampering. As many as 2,048 connections were detected during the raid. An FIR under the Electricity Act, 2003, has been registered against the defaulters.


Gross violation

The sanctioned load of the consumer was 25 kW, while 50 kW additional load was found connected in his premises. Misuse of an AP motor installed in the same premises was also detected. Later, the enforcement team also raided a bakery and a sweets shop of the same consumer in Hoshiarpur, where there was also an excess load of 20 kW.

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