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KESCo and ?Katias?: the battle continues

THE KESCo officials have snapped hundreds of illegal power connections, but they do not have any mechanism to ensure that the ?katias (illegal connections)? once removed are not installed again.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 01:15 IST

THE KESCo officials have snapped hundreds of illegal power connections, but they do not have any mechanism to ensure that the ‘katias (illegal connections)’ once removed are not installed again.

After the successful completion of four-day raid, the officials are still groping in dark about the post-raid steps to be taken to maintain the status co.
Hundreds of illegal power connections were snapped by the KESCo raiding parties during the four-day drive. However, the efforts of the raiding parties could not bear any fruit as the illegal connections removed by them have been installed again by the power thieves.

A senior KESCo official told HT that once the raid was over, all the snapped connections were restored.

The KESCo officials do not know how to ensure that the snapped illegal are not restored. Kanpur was a big city and a lot of manpower was needed to deal with the situation, the official said.

A separate cell has been constituted to carry out the drive under an assistant general manager. In the past, a general manager used to head the raid and combing operation division.

Owing to alleged rampant corruption in the division and financial irregularities, the GM was removed and the raid and operation cell was placed directly under the supervision of Managing Director of KESCo.

However, KESCo general manager MP Tripathi said, “Even after the drive is over, the routine checks of the areas where raids are conducted is done to ensure that snapped connections are not restored again.” He said, “It is not possible to check and re-check all the connections snapped during the raid,” added Tripathi.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 01:15 IST