4 pvt borewells running illegally detected
FOUR PRIVATE borewell connections running with tampered electric connections and meters were detected today. Two of these connections were detected at Niranjanpur while the other two were at Nanak Nagar.
A magnet was attached to one of the meters at Nanak Nagar resulting in the meter not showing the consumption. The meter and the magnet have been seized and a case will be filed in special court soon.
An officer of Western Region Electricity Distribution Company informed Hindustan Times that this is a major source of revenue leakage. He added that in filling one tanker of about 10,000 litres energy of Rs 60 is consumed per hour if the billing is done on commercial rate. He further said that private water tanker owners’ pay about Rs 50 per filling to these borewell owners and this is the primary reason behind the private tankers providing water at such cheap rate.
Charges of borewell owners vary from Rs 50 to Rs 100 per filling of the tanker depending on the proximity from the City. There are hundreds of borewell owners in the City who are operating pumps without taking connection from the Company and thus on an average every such borewell owner is causing loss of Rs 1,500 per day to the Company.
Energy consumption of the borewell depends on depth of the bore, availability of water and quality and capacity of the pump.
Thus loss of energy varies from Rs 60 to Rs 120 per tanker depending on these factors. Many such borewell owners are operating and they are providing water at cheaper rate to private tanker owners at the expense of the Company.
This problem occurs every year and it is very difficult for the Company to deal with it in the absence of support, said sources.
This problem becomes serious during summer season and yesterday also seven borewell connections were detected. Out of them four borewell owners were operating the pumps by bypassing meters thus paying minimum bills.
Two other connections, supposed to be operated as commercial connections were being operated as domestic connections thus operating pumps on cheaper electricity rate and causing revenue loss to the Company.
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