GURUGRAM: Power discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) released data to TOI on Thursday showing that 203 cases of power theft have been recorded till June 20, drawing a penalty of Rs 1.17 crore, in all seven subdivisions of New Gurgaon.The number of power theft cases for the month of May was 338, drawing a penalty of Rs 1.72 crore.In May, the power discom had detected 118 instances of power theft in just the suburban division, which comprises Maruti, DLF City and South City subdivisions. This led to the heavy penalty of Rs 1.17 crore. Since then, this figure has fallen to Rs 61 lakh in June, with the number of cases coming down to 73.

In Sohna division, which covers Sohna, Tauru, Sohna road and Badshapur subdivision, the officials discovered 220 cases of power theft in May, which resulted in a penalty of Rs 54 lakh. In this case, though, the penalty amount rose next month to Rs 55 lakh, although the number of cases fell to 130.

Urban Gurgaon suffers from around 18% aggregate technical and commercial losses (AT&C). The comparable figure for rural areas is 25%. Officials said power theft by hooking is one of the key reasons for line losses in the city. Discom officials said they have tightened the noose around theft in all the two divisions and seven subdivisions of new Gurgaon."We have a zero-tolerance policy for theft. We have to account for every power unit we draw from the transmission company, and can't let it go waste," said K C Aggarwal, superintendent engineer, new Gurgaon.Officials said they will continue mounting surprise raids against power thieves, to ensure cases of theft come down to zero.

"We're intensifying patrols. We also have a policy for whistle blowers that we announced in January this year, which seems to be working out very well for us," said Aggarwal. Aggarwal said under the whistle blower policy, the informer is rewarded 10% of the value of power stolen, and is open to both public and discom officials. On Thursday, the discom also awarded Rs 2.5 lakh to 35 employees who acted as informers in theft cases."The informant officials have been rewarded bountifully. This policy is to incentivise whistleblowers. So far, we have had no public informant, but we are looking forward to their contributions," said Aggarwal.[TOI]


A police officer and some officials of a discom were allegedly beaten by residents of Shivpuri locality here when they reached there to check power theft, the police said today. 

Discom sub-divisional officer (SDO) Vikas Sharma lodged a complaint with police that yesterday an assistant sub inspector (ASI) of police and officials of power utility were beaten when they went to check power theft.Some residents of the Shivpuri locality started beating cops and officials of discom after they found power theft in a few houses, a police official said. In the melee, the uniform of the ASI was torn off after which the policemen and officials of power utility left the spot, he said. 

Mahesh Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Subash said a case had been registered against some residents of the locality. The power utility staff has sought immediate action and arrest of culprits within 24 hours.[Press Trust of India/BS] | 

Kolkata, June 20

 To reduce loss from power theft in West Bengal, the state electricity utility WBSEDCL has embarked a Rs 1,000 crore project to insulate the overhead cables from physical pilferage."West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Ltd has undertaken a project to cover some 50,000 km of overhead wires across the state with plastic insulated AB cables wherever theft is prominent," state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said here today.

Aerial bundled (AB) cables are overhead power lines helps in stopping theft as hooking, the most common method of power theft, possibility was expected to end and allows better management of the overhead wires for electricity distributionChattopadhyay said about Rs 1,000 crore will be required over a period of two to three years to replace 50,000 km of cables with the new insulated cables."Power theft accounts for about annual loss of Rs 1,000 crore to the exchequer," he said.

WBSEDCL has some 3.18 lakh km of low tension overhead wires for last mile connectivity for power distribution. Power theft by hooking takes place from low-tension wires.He said state Power department was aggressively trying to strengthen the power network to address the low-voltage concern in some districts in line with Chief Minister Mamata banerjee's commitment.The distribution company has also planned to set up 125 new sub-stations in next three years of which work has been initiated for 71.

"We expect to add some 25-30 sub-stations this year," WBSEDCL chairman and managing director Rajesh Pandey said.The minister said that except Hooghly, Birbhum, Purulia, Kalimpong and two Dinajpur, all districts has some pockets through low voltage issue[TOI]