Ghost customers in Punjab burn gap in PSPCL’s pocket
Patiala, January 8
Regardless of getting subsidised energy value crores of rupees, ghost customers proceed to trigger large losses to Punjab State Energy Company Ltd (PSPCL). Whereas the company has managed to verify some pilferage, it continues to incur large transmission loss.
As per an official evaluation, the border zone (together with Amritsar and Tarn Taran) has 79 feeders the place transmission loss is greater than 70 per cent. Of those, 13 feeders have greater than 90 per cent loss. The west zone has 57 feeders with 70-90 per cent loss.
Most losses in 12 divisions, together with Tarn Taran, Patti, Ajnala, Amritsar, Bhikhiwind, Sangrur, Patran, Lehragaga and Malout
“For each 100 items provided to those feeders, there isn’t any accountability for 70-90 items. We really feel helpless as our inspection groups need to face the wrath of farm unions and native politicians,” stated a prime PSPCL official. In line with the PSPCL, 12 divisions reporting excessive losses are Tarn Taran, Bhikhiwind, Patti, metropolis divisions in Amritsar, Ajnala, Sangrur, Patran, Lehragaga, Malout, Baghapurana, Bhagtakalan and Zira.
“Many villages are getting provide from feeders the place the transmission loss is 90 per cent. It means only some customers in such villages don’t resort to energy theft,” stated VK Gupta, spokesperson, All-India Energy Engineers Federation. Energy value Rs 800-1,000 crore was stolen per yr and there was a direct must verify this, he added. The rely of loss-making feeders (greater than 15 per cent loss) has come right down to 2,737 from 3,308 final yr, however the state of affairs stays worrisome.