An RTI activist has brought the issue of Vashi’s power theft under the notice of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). The officials of MSEDCL have confirmed about receiving specifics of the issue from the activist, but they are yet to establish the truth about the case.
According to activist Anarjit Chauhan, “There is a cloth market along Sectors 15 and 16 in Vashi, where I noticed that there was something amiss in a red-coloured MSEDCL DP box installed at the pavement. There was a cable jutting out. I brought this to the notice of the MSEDCL officials at Vashi circle, as it could possibly be a power theft case. I hope that the MSEDCL officials carry out a thorough investigation.”
Upon contacted by a newspaper daily, P Annachatre, MSEDCL executive engineer of Vashi circle said, “It is not yet confirmed whether power theft has occurred at the site. However, our investigation is underway and we are going to inquire about it.”
In the meantime, the activist also informed that while conducting the full-fledged investigation, MSEDCL’s local wiremen must also be interrogated thoroughly.
Chauhan added, “Earlier this year, I had learnt through an RTI that there is a shortfall of 10% power meters in Vashi circle, which has over 2.45 lakh electricity consumers. Also, there were 179 cases of power theft registered here in the last two years. Hence, I feel that efforts must be taken to plug such illegal acts as tax payers have to pay for a price for this.”
Apparently, similar instances of power theft were observed even last year in other parts of the satellite city, like Panvel, CBD, Nerul, among others.