State power utility Mahavitaran said its vigilance department detected 4,461 cases of unauthorised use of electricity and power theft aggregating to Rs. 482 crore in 2014.
“Mahavitaran’s vigilance and security department detected 4,461 cases of unauthorised use of electricity and power theft, amounting to Rs 482 crore, during the last one year,” a statement said.
Of the Rs. 482 crore, power theft amounted to Rs. 3.18 crore, while Rs. 478 crore was on unauthorised use of electricity.
“These consumers have been charged with Rs. 482.03 crore payments as penalty, interest and the amount against use of electricity and Mahavitaran have already recovered Rs. 183.04 crore from these consumers,” the statement added.
To curb the power theft and unauthorised use of power to reduce the T&D losses in the Mumbai region like Ahmednagar, Dhule, Thane, Nashik, Palghar, Raigad, Jalgaon and Nandurbar, 12 flying squads operates under the Vigilance and Security department.
In the last one year, these flying squads inspected 10,530 electricity connections and 4,461 cases were detected, it said.