KPDCL Enforcement: Collection of Rs 6.63 Crore with 1048 Disconnections

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KPDCL SRINAGAR: In an effort to curb power theft and maintain a stable curtailment plan, the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) disconnected 1048 defaulting consumers for pending arrears, collecting Rs 6.63 crore against energy dues on Thursday.

The corporation’s inspections to combat power pilferage exceeded 1000, with penalties totalling Rs 7.95 lakh imposed on Thursday.

Providing details, a KPDCL spokesperson stated that out of 1017 inspections in Kashmir Division, 161 were conducted in Circle I Srinagar, 182 in Circle II Srinagar, 301 in Circle Ganderbal, 147 in Circle Pulwama, 66 in Circle Bijbehara, and 160 in Circle Sopore. Approximately 245 KW load was added across 6 Circles during the drives.

A penalty of Rs 7.95 lakh was imposed across all 19 Electric Divisions on individuals found tampering with wires on bare conductors and bypassing meters. Additionally, 52 Domestic Transformers (DTs) were reported damaged on Thursday due to overloading, down from 64 reported on Wednesday.

The spokesperson mentioned that 1048 domestic, commercial, and industrial connections were disconnected for non-payment of energy dues pending for over three months. This includes 731 domestic, 266 commercial, and 31 industrial consumers.

The inspection and disconnection drives against power theft and defaulting consumers respectively are aimed at helping the Corporation adhere to the curtailment schedule.

While KPDCL received 52 damaged DTs in its various workshops on Thursday, 61 transformers were repaired for replacement, aligning with government-fixed timelines. “As many as 74 transformers are in different stages of repair, with 27 others in ovens at Central Workshop Pampore,” the spokesperson added, quoting Executive Engineer, CWS, Pampore.

Expressing concern over repeat damage to repaired transformers, the spokesperson urged consumers to use power judiciously within their agreed load, emphasizing that repeat damage would affect replacement timelines set by the government.KPDCL advised all domestic, commercial, and industrial consumers to settle their pending energy dues promptly to avoid permanent disconnection. With the corporation intensifying its efforts, revenue realization figures are expected to rise in the coming weeks.

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