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Power drive to check theft

Patna, Jan. 5: Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) will launch a special drive from Sunday to detect power theft and realise electricity arrears from consumers.

The drive is aimed at tightening the noose around people, each of whom owes Pesu more than Rs 10,000 in power dues. The campaign will continue till the end of this month. Teams, headed by assistant engineers, would be formed in each Pesu sub-division and they would raid premises, where power is illegally drawn through hooking or tampering and bypassing meters.

Pesu general manager-cum-chief engineer Vijay Kumar told The Telegraph: “Pesu will launch a special drive against consumers who owe electricity arrears of more than Rs 10,000. The drive is also being launched against people who steal power through various means.”

During the drive, Pesu will conduct daily raids on premises of consumers who owe more than Rs 10,000 each. The team would disconnect the electricity line if they find the consumer has not paid his/her arrears. If the teams find consumers illegally drawing power, they would have to pay a fine or face imprisonment, sources said.

Sources said of 3.5 lakh consumers of Pesu, around 70 per cent are regular in their payments. So, the sub-divisional teams would focus on the remaining users.

A Pesu officer said cases pertaining to almost half of Rs 500 crore that Pesu owes from its consumers are on in court. “Dues of Rs 225 crore to Rs 250 crore could be realised easily,” the officer added.

Sources said Pesu has fixed the revenue collection target for January at Rs 70 crore._


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