JK has 6 lakh illegal connections

43% Electrified Houses In Jammu, 27% In Kashmir Using Power Illegally

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Apr 10: What could be seen as failure or complicity of Power Development Department (PDD), Jammu and Kashmir has about 6 lakh illegal electricity connections with Jammu region topping the list.
As per official documents, around 6 lakh households accounting for 35.62% of the total electrified houses in the state do not pay a single penny as power tariff. While 43 percent electrified houses are getting illegal power supply in Jammu region, the same stands at around 27 percent in Kashmir valley.
Principal Secretary PDD vide DO letter No PDII/AC/55/2012 makes startling revelation that 389700 electrified households accounting to 43.92 %  are unregistered with PDD in Jammu province. In Kashmir, according to communiqué, 234700 households (accounting to 27 percent electrified households) are not registered with the department.
“In Kashmir division 234726 and for Jammu Division 389735 consumers are unregistered with PDD accounting for 27.11% and 43.92% respectively of the total electrified households. This is very serious matter and requires intervention in order to ensure that entire PDD staff in your division is mobilized for a special campaign for regularization of these illegal connections,” the letter reads.
“I am directing respective executive engineers to open ‘Help Desk’ and ask the people to come forward themselves for regularization of the illegal connections immediately otherwise special inspection squads may be directed to impose heavy penalties on illegal consumers and also disconnect their electricity supply immediately as per the provisions of the Electricity Act 2010. This however, is possible only if you are able to provide effective leadership to PDD officials in the division to perform the task well,” he further writes.
According to the document, as per census 2011, the number of electrified houses in Jammu province is 887460 households while the registered consumers with the department stands at just 497726.  But, according to the letter, Kashmir province which includes two districts of Ladakh has more registered and less illegal connections. According to document, 234727 illegal and unregistered connections exist in the region.
According to observers, the existence of large number of illegal connections has raised many eyebrows over functioning of PDD as genuine consumers suffer in the State due to such a large number of illegal connections.
“PDD is responsible for the mess as how come such a large number of illegal connections remain unnoticed from its manpower,” they said.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has called for a thorough probe in the matter.
Talking to the Greater Kashmir, KCSDS chairperson Prof Hameeda Nayeem said that after getting exposed by the Census-2011, PDD has for the first time admitted that illegal and unregistered consumers are receiving electricity without paying for it.
However, she said the number of unregistered and illegal households could be much higher than being shown by PDD.
“After the implementation of RGGVY scheme aimed at connecting additional 303620 domestic consumers, the number of unregistered consumers is actually 928061 (624461+303620),” she said.
“Where does the money recovered from such a large number of illegal consumers goes? Does money received from them go directly to the pockets of PDD officials?” she questioned.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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