SRINAGAR: In a decisive move to curb the persistent menace of power pilferage, the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has declared a relentless campaign to put an end to the illicit activities.

This stern stance is reinforced by a clear warning that consumers engaged in power theft will face severe consequences under the Electricity Act.

“We are steadfast in our mission to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of electricity. Power theft not only undermines the reliability of our services but also imposes an undue burden on law-abiding consumers. This will not be tolerated,” a top KPDCL official said.

He said that to execute this commitment effectively, KPDCL is set to implement stringent measures, employing advanced technologies and vigilant monitoring systems.

“Surveillance teams are already in the field to identify and apprehend those involved in power pilferage. The corporation encourages the public to report any suspicious activities related to electricity theft, assuring confidentiality,” the official added.

Under the Electricity Act, consumers found guilty of power pilferage can face legal consequences, including hefty fines and disconnection of power supply.  The corporation is also working on an awareness campaign to educate consumers about the detrimental effects of power theft and the legal ramifications they might face, he added.

He said, “The aim is to ensure uninterrupted power supply, particularly during the challenging winter season, known as ChillaiKalan.”

Currently sustaining 24×7 power supply to 33 feeders with minimal losses, the corporation encourages the adoption of Low Tension Aerial Bunched (LTAB) cabling and Smart Meter installations in localities.

The incorporation of LTAB cabling and Smart Meters is touted as a significant step toward efficient power management. (KNS)

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