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During the winter months there is always a power crisis in Kashmir valley and this winter is no different.

There are complaints of unscheduled power cuts in various parts of Kashmir and the authorities are trying to address the crises by purchasing additional power to overcome this deficiency.

Amid the complaints of unscheduled power cuts, the authorities are trying to streamline the system with a heavy crackdown against power theft.

Recently KPDCL has decided to frame criminal charges against consumers for power theft in Jammu and Kashmir.

Over 10K inspections in the last 10 days of Nov, 11K disconnections; Rs. 85.24 cr revenue also collected in same period.

In an attempt to combat large-scale power pilferage and improve bill deposits by defaulting consumers, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) conducted a whopping 10,465 inspections and disconnected over 11,000 consumers in the last few days.

KPDCL also realized a revenue of Rs.85.24 crore, including power receipts, in the same period, with highest remittances of Rs.16.42 crore recorded on November 28 alone.

Sharing details, a KPDCL spokesperson confirmed rampant hooking of lines on bare conductors in metered areas and exceeding energy use beyond agreed load by flat-rated consumers across Kashmir Division. “During inspection overdrive, a penalty of Rs.1.03 crore was imposed on consumers found involved in power theft across all 6 O&M Circles in the last 10 days of November.

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