Katia, a cut in revenue for UPPCL
LIKE OTHER cities of the State, the 'City of Sangam' is also in the grip of katia menace (illegal power connection). Nearly 15 to 20 per cent revenue loss is reported by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) here because of power thefts. Densely populated localities are the worst affected areas as far as katia menace is concerned.india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 00:02 IST
LIKE OTHER cities of the State, the 'City of Sangam' is also in the grip of katia menace (illegal power connection). Nearly 15 to 20 per cent revenue loss is reported by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) here because of power thefts. Densely populated localities are the worst affected areas as far as katia menace is concerned.
Amritanshu, a student of Allahabad University and resident of Govindpur, held the power corporation directly responsible for not taking strict action to curb katia menace in the city. A number of times the announcements are made at high level to launch drives against power thefts but very soon the drives prove to be a damp squib. He said the UPPCL officials who have been passing through critical phase of privatisation and staff shortage can not control theft of power.
Prithvi Nath Pandey, a social activist and writer and resident of Sohbatiabagh says that chronic problem of katia exists because of lax attitude of the UPPCL authorities concerned. Despite knowing the use of katia in certain areas, the UPPCL officers do not want to take action because of obvious reasons.
Moreover the UPPCL staff's dilly-dallying in granting power connection is also one of the major reasons for katia connection. Power staff is also hand in glove in majority of power thefts, he added.
'Rampant use of katia causes low voltage problem in the locality', said Dharmendra, an engineer and resident of Mumfordganj. Particularly in evening several localities face dim voltage. He said many complaints have been lodged by the residents but to no avail. Role of power UPPCL officials in stopping katia menace needs to be probed thoroughly, he felt.
On being contacted on the issue the UPPCL General Manager Bhupendra Singh said: " I have found a peculiar character among people here that despite having regular electric connection many residents indulged in power theft with the help of katia. In most of other cities in the State, katia is used to pilfer electricity by those who have no legal power connection in their houses. Truly, the UPPCL suffers a considerable revenue loss due to katia connections.
The condition seems to be the worst in heavily populated localities such as Chowk, Atala, Kareli, Kalyani Devi, Khushrobagh and Bairahna where we have so far failed to check the theft of power". He said that the reason behind failure in checking or conducting raids against katia users is dearth of staff, security and other reasons. Meanwhile, we have demanded of the government to release the funds for the work of laying down 300 km insulated cable in areas where the katia menace is rampant.
So far, 20 km of insulated cable has already been laid in city south where we got good response. Over 600 people applied for power connection from those areas where insulated cable was laid, he informed.