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Now, project Mukhbir to curb power thefts

Anupam Srivastava, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 19, 2013
First Published: 12:30 IST(19/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:34 IST(19/7/2013)

Fed up with rising cases of power theft and high line losses in the region, the Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam (MVVN) has decided to start project ‘Mukhbir.’

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Under the project, locals would be encouraged to interact with powermen and report about any known cases of power theft in the area.

On giving information about power theft, the whistleblower’s name will be kept secret and he will also be given cash reward.

Initially, the scheme would be implemented on power theft over 5 kw load.

The whistleblower would be given Rs. 1000 per kw.

In the days to come, the MVVN wants to share 10% of total compounding and other penalties, which they get from defaulter.

There is also a plan to reward the employees who detect cases of power theft in out of control.

“We keep on conducting raids but people keep on stealing power.

However, with this reward scheme people will surely come to us.

The aim of the scheme is to create an alertness among the consumers on power theft and its negative impact on the common man, as they are the ones who suffer when rates are increased.

Despite strict monitoring power theft cannot be checked if public don’t support us,” Mishra added.

He further said, “Special numbers would be made public on which people can give information about the theft and their identity would be kept secret.

Each complaint will be given a unique identity number. The special officer, based on the information received, will raid the places.”

The officials of Madhyanchal feel that with this scheme, line losses atleast in the cities would be minimised. their areas.

The cash reward will be given to the informer only after realisation of penalty from the defaulting consumer.

If the scheme is a success, then it would be implemented gradually into all categories later.

According to MD Madhyanchal AP Mishra, cases of power theft were rising despite best efforts of the power corporation.

Even in the state capital, line loss in areas like Thakurganj , Chowk, Aminabad, Residency, Aishbagh, Rajajipuram, Raheem Nagar, Bakshi Ka Talab, Maal and Malihabad has spiralled.


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