Faced with mounting losses from ongoing power theft, Magistrate Doda Vishesh Paul Mahajan on Tuesday exercised powers under Section 144 Cr.PC to restrict shopkeepers from selling to customers who do not have a working power connection or who do not have a working power connection heating equipment. Paid their final electricity bill.
The DM said that in winter, the overuse of heating equipment by some people has resulted in an overload of available electricity, causing inconvenience to the public in the form of unscheduled power outages.
Unregulated use of power-hungry appliances by consumers who do not have a power connection or pay unpaid electricity bills can also inconvenience law-abiding genuine consumers and agencies dealing with services of an emergency nature (such as patient care, etc.).
He ordered shop owners not to sell heaters, geysers, air conditioners and other appliances to such customers.
Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Dr Arun Mehta ordered unplanned outages not to be accepted when reviewing J&K’s winter power readiness.
He reiterated his direction to install at least 150,000 smart meters each in Srinagar and Jammu cities by March 2023.
The Chief Secretary also directed immediate disciplinary action against officials in charge of branch lines who lost more than 90 percent of the losses. Total technical and commercial (AT&C) losses should be kept below 15%.
The meeting was attended by H. Rajesh Prasad, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department (PDD); Shiv Anant Tayal, Managing Director of JPDCL and Yasin M Choudhary, Managing Director of KPDCL, and other senior officials of the discoms.