Post the launch of anti-power theft drive, the Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration has become richer by Rs. 2.86 crore within the past 20 days. This amount has been recovered as penalty from power pilferers in the city during the drive which started on Janauary 15.
The LESA has also given 9,321 new connections. As many as 4,350 residents got their load enhanced, 8834 defective meters were replaced with new meters, 8,611 regular connections were disconnected and 1041 irregular connections were snapped. FIR was lodged against 328 residents for stealing power or attacking the LESA squad.
Meanwhile, 448 residents caught for stealing power paid compounding charges while 3143 got themselves registered under the One time settlement scheme, said GM LESA SK Varma.
The drive has highlighted the fact that LESA staff usually do not give a damn about power theft in the city. The staff only takes action during the special drives or when pressurised for recovery.
A peculiar pattern was found in power theft that most of the power was stolen either in the old city areas with narrow lanes or on the outskirts of the city where it is hard for LESA to monitor the lines daily.
However, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited has recovered Rs. 266 crore as penalty and dues from its defaulters. It has snapped 16,4,198 connections through which power was stolen, changed 71,786 faulty meters and given 1.45 lakh new connections, while 35,798 residents got the load increased, making the drive a success.
GM LESA SK Varma said, “Our main aim is to bring the line loss under 15% which is above 25 % presently. We are working on information to nab the power thieves and minimise the line losses.”
On Sunday, in Cess 1 division Nadarganj Camp, 103 people applied for one time settlement scheme, 39 consumers applied for load enhancement and 56 new connections were released. Not only that, 43 connections were snapped. In Alambagh, four consumers were found stealing power. To escape FIR, all of them paid compounding charges.