Consumers whose connections had been cut off were still stealing power from lines
Rajasthan's premier Electricity monitoring and controlling body Ajmer Vidhyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (AVVNL) is on a spree to grab those who are involved in power theft. Looking at the increase in such numbers, AVVNL has rounded up 534 such locations where power theft is rampant.
AVVNL is also cutting off the connections of such who have not deposited their bills. Further, over Rs. 1.6 Crore have been collected from 714 consumers who had not deposited their bills.
The collection process, which began under AVVNL Managing Director, VS Bhati, Rs 15.17 Lakh have been collected from 84 consumers in Udaipur alone. Among the other cities, Rs 2.9 Lakh have been collected from 32 consumers in Banswara, Rs 1.13 Lakh from 17 consumers in Pratapgarh, Rs. 3.95 Lakh from 53 consumers in Dungerpur, Rs. 7.29 Lakh from from 54 consumers in Chittorgarh and Rs. 10.36 Lakh from 29 copnsumers in Rajsamand.
As per Bhati, the departmenr had been receiving complaints that power theft was rampant in certain locations, where those consumers whose connections had been disconnected, were still consuming electricity. The team from AVVNL did weekly surveys and conducted raids on such locations. The team collected information on such consumers whose connections had been cut off either temporarily or permanently following non payment of bills and after discovering that they were still consuming power illegally, the team conducted the raids.