NASHIK: MSEDCL is serious against power theft and unauthorized use. A team comprising a total of 602 engineers and Jan Mitras in Nashik circle took emergency action against those who were stealing and misusing electricity. Power connections of a total of 2812 electricity customers were checked and action has been taken against 346 customers under Section 135 of Indian Electricity Act and 35 consumers under Section 126 in Nashik City 1 and 2, Nashik Rural and Chandwad.
MSEDCL is making continuous efforts in the district to reduce power loss, leakage and theft of electricity. Under the guidance of Nashik circle Chief Engineer Deepak Kumathekar, Nashik Board Superintendent Engineer Dnyandev Padalkar, squad members including Executive Engineer Dhananjay Aher (Nashik City 1), Maniklal Tapase (Nashik City 2), Rajaram Dongre (Nashik Rural) and Ravindra Avhad (Chandwad) apart from engineers, officers, employees and Jan Mitra took part in this campaign and action was taken against those customers who were directly involved in stealing electricity by interfering in the electricity meter.
Action was taken as per section 135 of Indian Electricity Act against those customers who were directly stealing electricity by interfering in electricity meter. Of these, 11 were in Nashik City 1, 11 in Nashik City 2, seven in Nashik Rural and six in Chandwad. Thus, action has been taken against 381 persons as per Section 135 and Section 126.
In this, 2812 electricity consumers of Nashik board were inspected. Action has been taken against those who unauthorisedly put numbers or hooks on power lines. MSEDCL is serious against power theft and malpractices and will continue to take contingency action in a confidential, collective and continuous manner. However, MSEDCL has appealed to the consumers to get official electricity connection by avoiding power theft, unauthorized and misuse.
The MSEDCL employees and officials had conducted surprise raids and meter checks across Nashik and Malegaon circles in the district that fall under the Nashik zone. In the meantime, as many as 63 farmers had applied to the MSEDCL in the Nashik zone to use their land to generate power through solar panels under the Centre’s PM-KUSUM scheme in order to cut down the reliance on fossil fuel.
With regard to the pending dues, the MSEDCL had disconnected power supply to 3,990 consumers in the district after they failed to clear their pending dues of over Rs 120 crore.