Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jajpur, June 2 :
An ingot casting plant owner has been slapped a penalty to the tune of Rs 11.32 crore by North Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Limited (NESCO) on Saturday for allegedly stealing electricity.
NESCO sources said the Chaitanya Industries private limited located in the industrial hub at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district allegedly stole 33 KV of electricity from NESCO.
The power theft was detected after an enforcement team raided the plant on Saturday night. The department conducted a raid at the plant and found that it was involved in power pilferage.
The modus operandi of the power theft was innovative. The illegal wire was placed alongside the XLPE cables hooked with underground PVS pipes.
The plant was slapped with a fine Rs 11.32 crores for stealing electricity for over a year. An FIR has been registered against its owner, said Ananta Narayan Bisoi, executive engineer of NESCO at Jajpur Road.
“On routine, the plant had to pay around Rs 70 to 80 lakh each month as power usage fee but the meter readings had been too low. The plant was paying around Rs 35 Lakh each month as power fee. We smelled foul play and a raid was conducted following which the ‘crafty’ theft was exposed,” the NESCO official said.
“We found that the machineries in the factory, including the blast furnaces, were being run on illegal power supply. The electricity supply to the plant has been suspended, the official added.