Nepal | May 29, 2020

Campaign launched to check electricity pilferage in Jhapa

Rastriya Samachar Samiti
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Staffers of Antarmani Distribution Centre of Nepal Electricity Authority displaying equipment used by locals for stealing electricity, in Jhapa, on Friday, October 28, 2016. Photo: RSS

Jhapa, October 28

Nepal Electricity Authority’s Antarmani Distribution Centre has launched a campaign to check the increasing power theft in Jhapa.

The NEA initiated its campaign, especially keeping in mind that power leakage increases during the festive period.

The campaign began last Thursday as electricity transformers are more likely to have technical glitches during festival time due to power leakage, said Centre Chief Rajib Kumar Singh.

Under the campaign, a huge cache of electronic instruments such as electric meters, motors used in mills, and water lifting motors have been confiscated from Khudunabari, Shanishchare, Champapur, Surunga, Dahijhanda, Jukekhadi, and Durgapur of the district, Singh informed.

He said that a motor was confiscated from Khudunabari when it was found that it was run by a mill through electricity acquired illegally.

Likewise, police seized 26 meters from the houses in night where power theft was visible.

Also recovered were three big motors used for irrigation.

The team has also recovered sound systems, rice cookers, and black wires from homes.

Seizure of electric devices took place in the first phase, he said, adding that legal action would be sought if the offence was repeated.

According to the NEA, power leakage has been reduced to 17 per cent from 22 per cent in Jhapa with the campaign.

A version of this article appears in print on October 29, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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