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KPDCL Collects Rs Eight Crore in Pending Arrears from Consumers in One Day

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SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has intensified its inspection drives across all districts of the Kashmir division to curb incidents of hooking and power theft, which are primarily responsible for power outages and distress cuts.

A total of 566 drives were conducted across all 19 Electric Divisions, resulting in a penalty of Rs 7.84 lakh imposed on those found hooking wires on bare conductors and bypassing meters. Additionally, 64 Domestic Transformers (DTs) were reported damaged on Wednesday due to overloading.

Providing details about the inspections, a KPDCL spokesperson stated that 183 drives were conducted in Circle II Srinagar, 60 in Circle I Srinagar, 123 in Circle Ganderbal, 71 in Circle Pulwama, 35 in Circle Bijbehara, and 94 in Circle Sopore.

The spokesperson further mentioned that 1,082 domestic, commercial, and industrial connections were disconnected for non-payment of energy dues for more than three months, including 371 domestic, 549 commercial, and 157 industrial consumers.

Encouraging consumers to consider DTs as their own assets, the KPDCL spokesman mentioned that 64 DTs were reported damaged across all Electric Divisions. “While those fully damaged are being transported to the Central Workshop at Pampore, the rest are being repaired at divisional-level workshops,” he said, adding that KPDCL is committed to replacing the damaged transformers within stipulated timelines.

KPDCL has also urged all domestic, commercial, and industrial consumers to settle their long-pending energy dues promptly or face disconnection. “The Corporation is actively pursuing the recovery of pending arrears, and Rs 8.00 crore was collected on Wednesday alone from consumers,” he said, emphasising that KPDCL will make all-out efforts to achieve the revenue realization target set by the government.

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