New “Bijli Thanas” to curb power theft in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: In an attempt to put a check on the critical issue of power theft, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to double the number of Theft- detection squads in the State by this year-end.  Earlier in 2006 similar police stations were set up by the Rajasthan government.

“Bijli Thanas” for all districts

The Yogi Adityanath government will set up 75 special police stations across the state. The ‘Bijli Thanas’ would be set up in the surplus spaces of government buildings separately, only for quick action on power theft complaints. The decision was taken in a state cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.  The State is also standing by its move to curb sourcing high-cost power as it aims to meet the targets set under the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY).

Yogi Adityanath’s predecessor Akhilesh Yadav too had set up separate police stations for SC and STs, seeing a high rate of crime against them in 2015.

The current transmission and distribution loss

According to the  Uttar Pradesh power corporation, the current  T&D (Transmission & Distribution) loss in the state is 38 per cent while in many parts like Moradabad, the T&D loss is around 70 per cent.

Electrification of villages in UP:

According to the state government sources, among 90,000 small villages, only 26,000 villages have been electrified so far across the state. The govt. has set a target to electrify the rest by 2018.  A total of 2,10,00,000 households have electricity infrastructure and our target is to electrify the rest by 2022. Under the ‘Power for All’ scheme, we have targeted 60,000 unelectrified primary schools among 1,69,000 and we will electrify them by 2019.

The “Name Shame” campaign

Yogi Adityanath led UP government has also started a “Name Shame” campaign, under which the names of consumers with dues bill of Rs 1 lakh or more will be published in newspapers. It has also started installing prepaid power meters in all government offices and societies of government officials. To specify the due bill and to calculate the power units in government offices and in societies of government officials, the state government has made prepaid meters mandatory. Therefore, there will be no confusion on due bills. Units will be calculated by usage.

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