Jammu: The power pilferage and power theft has led to decline in the revenue collection in Jammu region, besides the distribution loses have also escalated from 58% to 60%.
The power discom-Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited(JPDCL) has failed in controlling its distribution losses.
The power discom accounts for only 40 percent of the electricity consumed, where and who is spending 60 percent of the electricity, it is not known. 100 crore electricity is supplied every month in the Jammu division and only 40 crores is accounted for.
Similarly, Jammu district gets electricity supply worth Rs 10 crore and only four crores of revenue gets realized for the power consumption. As per JPDCL, the power theft have also resulted in rise of transmission loses.
The JPDCL use to carry out drives in the region and as it also penalized the meter readers. Many times the power discom seized power gadgets from these illegal connections. But the connections again surface in the form of kundis and hooks from the transmission wires.
The JDPCL Chairman asked the people to stay vigilant and help in identifying any black sheep within JPDCL-J&K PDD, which are in connivance with power thieves in the society. The power discom has also encouraged the people to report cases of power pilferage/power theft, being resorted to by some unscrupulous elements of the society, so that action can be taken against such persons and law abiding and honest citizens do not suffer.
About a fortnight back Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta while reviewing the power scenario of Jammu region has expressed concern on the distribution loses of over 70% in some feeders. Mehta had directed taking immediate measures for checking AT&C losses on priority at such feeders and fixing of accountability.
Most of the households in the urban areas have installed power consuming gadgets including, ACs, coolers, fans among others and the average monthly bill should be above Rs 2500. But on the contrary the consumers are only payin about Rs 500 per month or even less by colluding with meter readers. In the winter season, people have taken separate connections for heaters. All these factors have led to fall in the revenues generated from the power tariff.
The meter reader-consumer connivance is more prevalent in the clusters where migrants labor resides. Here every juggi/shanty has illegal power connection and they use heater and fan, while meter readers have fixed a flat monthly charges, while the JPDCL doesn’t get even a single penny out of this. All this is not possible without the connivance of the higher ups of the department. Also the power theft is more prevalent in big enterprises and business units.
“It has been noticed that a large number of consumers in every area of Jammu province resort to power theft using kundis/hooks thereby causing difficulties to the honest electricity consumers too. This culture must end for our own good” they added and said that to enjoy quality power there is need to say no to power theft”, said Jagmohan Sharma, JDPCL Chairman.