LESA on load chase
THE LUCKNOW Electricity Supply Authority (LESA) exchequer just got richer by Rs 50 lakh, thanks to 30 VIP defaulters who saved themselves the disgrace of being labeled power thieves and coughed up the cash. To check transmission and distribution losses in the system, LESA started a drive from September 6. It was understood initially that electronic meters were working efficiently.
But the question arose that if the meters were working well, where was all the electricity going? On the basis of suspicion, LESA checked meters in some areas.
“When it was established that power theft was being committed on a mass scale through electronic meters, it became peremptory to check all the old, slow running meters,” said DGM, LESA, AK Singh. Under the campaign, meters running slow by about 50 to 90 per cent were checked and consumers were being penalised. It was found that the meters had been skillfully tampered with and slowed down.
Initially, those consumers were targeted whose bills were barely 200 units in a month despite air-conditioners being installed in their premises. Domestic as well as commercial consumers, holding respectable social status, were found guilty of tampering with the meters and some of them were found tampering heavily. In Alambagh division, a consumer paid Rs 1.73 lakh as penalty. Singh said the drive would continue to check the energy load regularly and to improve the losses. But, we are making funds available to conduct power reform projects in the weal areas. LESA has submitted a project of Rs 104 crore to the Government of India under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme.