July 13, 2011 12:24:20 am
The power department Haryana is setting up eight special police stations in the state to check power and canal water theft.
Power minister Captain Ajay Yadav on Tuesday said that the police stations would be manned by over 350 policemen drawn from the regular state police cadre and would be headed by the ADGP, vigilance,(power department) Parminder Rai.
On an average almost 30,000 cases of power theft are detected by the state transcoms each year. The problem of power thefts and kundi connections is rampant.
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) had detected almost 15,000 cases of power theft last year with Bhiwani and Hisar topping the list, said Yadav.
Other than imposing penalties,last year the Nigam had also started lodging FIRs against those involved in power thefts under various sections of the Electricity Act 2003. Special courts were set up to hear these cases.
I had initiated the move as the irrigation minister in collaboration with the power department in February this year. But now since I am heading the power department we will ensure that the police stations are set up and get functioning within the next two months, he said.
He added that eight locations in the state had been marked for the setting up of the police stations. Each police station will cater to more than one district.
The power police station to come up art Ambala will cater to the complaints from Ambala,Panchkula Yamunanagar and Kurukshetra.
The power police stations would register cases dealing not only with power thefts but also those related to water theft, said Captain Yadav.
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