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RE registers 200 FIRs against power theft offenders, up 66 pc from last year

Thursday, July 12, 2018
By Zuber Ansari

In its ongoing drive to thwart miscreants from indulging in power theft across suburbs in the city, Reliance Energy has upped the ante and registered a total of 200 FIRs in 2017-18 against 583 customers. This is a whopping 66 per cent more than the 120 cases registered in 2016-17 against 411 customers.

According to sources, the offenders were booked in high theft-prone clusters such as Shivajinagar, Cheetah Camp, Trombay, Mankhurd, Behrampada, Juhu Lane and Malvani. The crackdown on electricity theft has helped  Reliance Energy to further cut down its transmission and distribution (T&D) losses to 8.12 per cent in 2017-18, which is by far the lowest in the country. Last year, the company’s T&D losses stood at 8.83 per cent.

Reliance Energy’s vigilance and enforcement teams have been diligently conducting regular mass raids with assistance from police authorities, to book offenders and impound equipment like unauthorised wires used in pilfering electricity from its network. This has helped in recovery of 51 tons of illegal wires in 2,900 power theft cases. A total of Rs 14.63 crore has been recovered as fine in these cases where the offenders agreed to settle instead of facing protracted court proceedings. FIRs were registered in the remaining 200 cases.

In a landmark move, in August 2017, the Shivaji Nagar Police station invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) against a gang of serial offenders accused of power theft and illegal distribution in Chembur, with 24 cases already registered against them.

A Reliance Energy spokesperson said,“To stem the menace of power theft, our vigilance teams along with the Mumbai Police, conduct regular inspection raids in identified pockets to book offenders and wipe out illegal networks used by them. Electricity theft is not only a punishable offence but hazardous as well. A person coming in contact with live electricity wire runs the risk of sustaining fatal injuries. Live wires used for theft can also cause serious accidents. The invoking of MCOCA in power theft cases is encouraging and we are confident that this will further help in eradicating this scourge from the society.

Plugging the theft hole in suburbs
(Area wise Data)


63 FIRs registered against 333 customers - East Division (Kurla-Mankhurd / Vikhroli) 41 FIRs registered against  80 customers - Central Division (Goregoan- Kandivali) 41 FIR’s registered against  75 customers - South Division (Bandra-Vile Parle) 40 FIRs registered against   80 customers - South Central Division (Andheri-Jogeshwari) 15 FIRs registered against  18 customers  - North Division (Borivali-Bhayender)

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