Chandigarh, Feb 12: Under its ongoing drive to disconnect power supply, temporarily or permanently of the non-paying consumers, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has disconnected the connections of 2,37,9994 consumers upto January during the current financial year.
A spokesman said that the Nigam had disconnected the supply of 4,48,789 non-payers in Operation Circle, Ambala comprising Ambala and Panchkula districts, 46,160 in Yamunanagar, 40,667 in Kurukshetra, comprising Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts, 29,507 in Karnal, 26,989 in Panipat, 14,989 in Rohtak, 15,580 in Jind, 12,336 in Sonipat and 2937 in newly created Jhajjar Circle.
He said that the Nigam had to recover a sum of Rs 192.65 crore from these non-payers out of which Rs 89.53 crore had been recovered through disconnections. The Nigam would disconnect supply of those non-payers on priority basis who had not opted for the Electricity Bills Waiver Scheme.
Giving details of the cases of detection of pilferage of power, he said, 11,256 cases had been detected by conducting surprise or routine checking at the consumer premises and the Nigam imposed penalty of Rs 1142 lakh on the erring consumers. A sum of Rs 553 lakh had been recovered.
He said that the Nigam had fixed the target of checking 1,18,900 consumers premises during the current financial year. The Nigam has already exceeded the target by conducting checking at 1,35,524 consumer premises upto January.
However, the target of checking would be revised in view of the progress achieved by the Nigam and the detection of theft of power cases would continue.