• MSEDCL alert against power thefts during festival

    What are Ganesh pandals if not for the glittering lights and attractive Ganpati idols?

    Keeping up with its annual Ganeshotsav policy, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has, this year too, asked all Ganesh mandals to register themselves for temporary power connections, failing which, it will take strict action against those tapping electricity illegally in any form during the 10-day festivities.

    “The MSEDCL has asked the Ganesh mandals to register for their temporary connections based on their demand of load. We also have plans to present them connections on their demand, provided they follow instructions in totality for the safety and security of the users. Besides, we are also sending our squads to look out for unauthorized tapping of power and shall deal with the defaulters with an iron hand,” a senior officer from the MSEDCL said.

    The women’s flying squad – Damini – comprising engineers and officers of the MSEDCL, has been assigned the task to be on the lookout of violators of the norms. They will be visiting every mandal on the records to find out if they have taken up authorized connections.

    “Since the connections are released on the same day as the application with the given security and safety measures, it is not difficult for the teams to be in the dark about who have sought connections,” the officer added.

    Eelctricity will be charged at special festivity tariff rate, which is very close to the residential tariff, and hence it is not going to burn a hole in the pockets of the Ganesh mandals.

    The officer also reminded that taking power source from even a registered customer – be it a house or a commercial establishment, was illegal and this would land both – the Ganesh mandal and the one who has given power supply – in trouble.

    The company has so far received only three applications in the Nashik Urban division – 1 but expects more than 80 more applications just as the festivities begin. The Nashik Urban Division – 2 has received just one application so far.

    “Last year, the Urban Division – 1 had received 74 applications and released the same numbers of connections, while division – 2 had released 83 connection,” the officer said. Calvin Pickard Womens Jersey

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