The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has detected the second highest number of thefts – 1,920 – in Gurgaon circle so far this fiscal.

Gurgaon Circle includes district Mewat and Gurgaon.

On receiving complaints of power theft, a total of 7,517 premises were raided in the Gurgaon circle during this financial year (2012-13), a DHBVN spokesman said.

Out of these, 1,398 places were raided during August alone and theft was detected in 214 cases on which penalty of about Rs 1.12 crore has been imposed, he added.

He said in the entire area of DHBVN, 944 cases of theft of electricity were detected during last month and a penalty amounting to over Rs 8 crore was imposed on the defaulters.

The officials engaged in the Operations Wing and the Enforcement Wing of the Nigam detected 9,000 cases of theft of power and imposed penalty amounting to Rs 23.70 crore on the erring consumers, he added.

They carried out 39,761 raids during this period, out of which 9,000 consumers were found guilty. Complaints against those 5,376 erring consumers were sent to the police who did not pay the amount of penalty within the specified time.

Maximum number of theft was reported in Hisar operation circle at 2,443, followed by Gurgaon at 1,920, Bhiwani at 1,847, Faridabad at 1,768, Sirsa at 444, Rewari at 305 and operation circle Narnaul at 275.

Haryana Power Distribution Utilities Chairman and Managing Director Devender Singh said theft of electricity is the main reason of marring quality of electricity supply; hence, it is the concern of all consumers as well.

For involving consumers in checking theft of electricity the DHBVN and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam have revived the ‘Theft Informer Scheme’, under which a person giving information of theft of electricity and the employees who detect the theft will be given a certain percentage of the realised amount.

Under this scheme, the Nigam has so far received information of 715 cases of theft of electricity.

On detecting the information, the informer may claim Rs 500 immediately and unique complaint number and rest of the total 20 per cent of the penalty would be given to him after recovery of the amount.

He clarified that the award would be calculated on the recovered amount of the assessed revenue loss to the Nigam due to the theft and not on the compounding amount.