In one day, 400+ power thefts come to light in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

Times of India | 6 days ago | 24-11-2022 | 09:04 am

In one day, 400+ power thefts come to light in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

MUMBAI : In a first ever massive vigilance operation, the MSEDCL deployed 1,600 employees on vigilance duties in a single day, on Tuesday, and unearthed 403 theft cases in Vashi, Kalyan and Vasai areas across Mumbai metropolitan region . The total amount for theft was still being assessed, officials said. As many as 236 special squads were formed and fanned out at various locations and they checked 13,798 electricity meters in a single day, an official said. This included meters for residential, commercial and industry use. “The teams also registered cases of unauthorised use of electricity - using residential connections for commercial use -- against 162 consumers during the same raids,” the official said. A senior MSEDCL staffer, who was part of the surprise checks, said: “Police FIRs are being registered against those caught for power pilferage. We came across maximum meters being rigged at site while another modus operandi was to use an external gadget/device to manipulate meter reading or take connections directly from the mains.” Similar raids are being conducted in other districts of the state, sources familiar with the developments said. Under the Kalyan Division 1- the MSEDCL’s team comprising 588 staff inspected a total of 7,261 power connections in the villages areas of Bhal, Vasar, Dwarli, Newali, Dhawalpada, Palegaon and Gharpe. Out of the inspected power connections, the team detected 151 cases of electricity thefts. Also, 237 volt meters were found broken and suspicious. In addition to this, 74 customers’ faulty electric meters were replaced. Earlier this month in the same villages, the MSEDCL had crackdown against 13 bungalow owners who had found 3.2 lakh units of power to the tune of Rs 78 lakh stolen. In Navi Mumbai, 98 squads checked around 1,000 meters and came across 53 theft cases while in Vasai-Virar areas, there were 199 theft cases, the officials said. The MSEDCL has this year recorded the highest number of power thefts.


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