Shillong: Meghalaya, already in the grip of a severe power crisis, is losing Rs1.2 crore every month due to power theft, an official said on Monday.
To nab illegal power consumers, the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) has started raiding areas where power thefts have been reported, an official of the vigilance wing of the board said.
“So far we have registered 40 cases of such thefts. They have been fined Rs10,000 each for the violation,” he said.
A fine of Rs35 lakh were imposed on commercial consumers who have not declared their actual power loads, the official said.
“We have been assessing the load required by the consumers. Some consumers, mostly in commercial places, were found to have not declared their actual load. This has put an extra burden on the genuine consumers,” the official pointed out.
Power demand in the state is 600 MW, while it produces 185.2 MW of hydel power, which is now hit by deficit rainfall.