Chandigarh: A total of 25,630 cases of power theft have been reported in Haryana during the current fiscal so far, with the authorities recovering Rs 33 crore as penalty from the offenders.

“Officials checked 1,47,317 consumer premises and detected 25,630 cases of power pilferage upto January during the current fiscal," a spokesperson of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam on Tuesday said.

He said Rs 33 crore out of the total amount of penalty imposed on the offenders has been recovered so far. Electricity meters of 26,933 consumers were found defective during the checking, the official added.

The erring consumers were found to be stealing electricity either through direct connections, or by tampering with the power meter and managing fake meter seals, he said, adding police have so far lodged 298 FIRs in this connection.

In order to minimise the possibilities of power theft, the Nigam is mulling special camps in villages to release on-the-spot connections to domestic consumers, the spokesperson said.


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