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MSEDCL recovers Rs 13 crores in drive against power theft 

In February 2023, the flying squad of Mahavitaran conducted raids in Bhosari, Shirur, and Indapur and discovered 110 cases of electricity theft totaling Rs 8 crore 71 lakh. These cases involved a significant number of industrial and commercial customers. Additionally, bills totaling Rs. 4 crore 29 lakh have been issued in 100 cases of various anomalies.

The disclosed electricity theft affects a sizable number of industrial consumers, including the plastics and stone crushing industries. There have also been three significant incidences of electricity theft revealed. 

The flying squad conducted a raid in the Bhosari neighbourhood of Pune and revealed the stone crusher company’s power theft. According to an investigation, the aforementioned industrial customer stole electricity by tampering with the metre. As a result, the customer was issued a bill for Rs. 1 crore 66 lakh 92 thousand for 8 lakh 38 thousand units of stolen electricity.

In the second incident, the flying squad conducted a raid in the Shirur neighbourhood, which revealed electricity theft in the plastics factory. The inquiry showed that the aforementioned industrial client had stolen 5 lakh 06 thousand units of power by tampering with the meter, and this customer was issued a charge for 85 lakh 30 thousand rupees worth of electricity theft.

In the third occurrence, the team conducted a raid in the Indapur and revealed the ice plant company’s theft of electricity. According to an investigation, the aforementioned industrial customer stole 2 lakh 850 000 units of electricity by tampering with the metre, and as a result, he was issued a bill for 51 lakh 69 000 rupees for electricity theft.

A comprehensive campaign to detect energy theft has been ordered by Mahavitran’s chairman and managing director, Vijay Singhal. As a result, the Bharari team is running campaigns against energy theft under the supervision of Executive Director of Security and Enforcement Department Pramod Shewale and Deputy Director of Pune Regional Department Sumit Kumar.

Nividita Kelapure

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