TURA, Feb 28 � The Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL), West Garo Hills circle, in a bid to curtail huge losses due to power theft by illegal line tapping, undertook a disconnection drive at Salbilla, Phulbari and Garodoba in West Garo Hills recently.
Power theft by illegal line tapping in remote unmonitored areas has for long been a serious concern for MeECL officials. Illegal line tapping puts pressure on transformers leading to their breakdown due to overloading. The transformers are expensive to replace and moreover the installation is an arduous work.
The MeECL, West Garo Hills circle, has been incurring huge commercial and technical losses due to power theft by illegal power tapping, meter tampering, etc., in rural and urban areas by unscrupulous individuals and groups, thereby putting a crunch on the MeECL�s financial resources.
The drive was led by JSN Marak, assistant executive engineer, Distribution, Tura subdivision. Other officers and staff present during the vigilance drive were CKB Sangma, assistant executive engineer, Distribution, Garobadha and Biangborlang Nongrum, junior engineer, Tura subdivision.
Marak informed that the drives were aimed at cutting down on the power losses by the MeECL in the Garo Hills as the losses incurred were 45 per cent more than the State�s permissible 15 per cent average putting the Aggregate of Technical and Commercial (AT&C) power losses to 60 per cent.