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4,261 puja pandals penalised for drawing power illegally

Kolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has penalised altogether 4,261 puja pandals across the state on the days of Saptami and Ashtami for illegal power consumption.
The WBSEDCL has earned a considerable amount of revenue by imposing fines on these puja pandals. A press release issued by the additional general manager, corporate communication said that on the day of Saptami, on September 27, around 2,312 puja committees had been penalised for illegal power consumption and an amount of Rs 53,04,340 has been claimed from these committees for using power without any prior permission.
The regional divisional offices carried out inspections at various puja pandals throughout the state during the puja days to ensure that there is no tapping. Adequate arrangements were made by the state Power department to ensure there is no interruption in power supply in any area. There was instruction to the Power department officers in the districts that they have to rush to the spots in case any complaint comes in.
According to the press release, the regional divisional offices of the WBSEDCL inspected 6,186 puja pandals on September 27, out of which 2,312 were penalised for illegally consuming power. Around 144 LT mobile vans were deployed round-the-clock to counter if there is any power fault and disruption. As per the statement issued by the WBSEDCL on September 27, around 711 mobile vans were deployed for emergency purposes. On the day of Saptami evening, the demand in the WBSEDCL area was 600 MW including the additional puja load.
On the other hand, the regional divisional offices also imposed fines on some of the puja pandals across the state that were found to be consuming power illegally without letting the department know about the matter.
As per another release issued by the WBSEDCL's additional general manager, corporate communication, routine inspections were made at 6,119 puja pandals among which 1,949 puja pandals have been penalised for consuming power illegally. A bill of Rs 38.10 lakh had been claimed for drawing 7,927 KVA from such committees. Around 1,441 LT mobile vans have been deployed round-the-clock to counter any fault or power disruption throughout the state on the day of Ashtami in addition to that, around 711 mobile vans were deployed for emergency purposes. On Ashtami evening, the demand in WBSEDCL area was 5,300 MW including the additional puja load.

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