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Sensitise people to stop power theft: Mayor

Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim has urged Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation ( CESC) to hold camps in every locality to prevent theft of power.

He was addressing an awareness drive programme at Metiabruz on Friday.

He said some people in connivance with the touts are tapping power from CESC's supply lines for their benefit. "This is very risky and some people have died while doing this," he maintained.

Hakim said if somebody dies due to the fault of CECC, then the organization is bound to pay compensation to the person. But no compensation is paid when some accident takes places leading to loss of life while tapping power from the CESC's main line, he said.

He regretted that in Kidderpore and Garden Reach two people died while tapping power.

Hakim urged senior officials of CESC to hold awareness camps in every locality and to provide electricity connections. "Many people are reluctant to take CESC line as they have to pay deposit money to CESC and submit some documents on the basis of which connection is given to them. Just to avoid this people resort to unfair means," he said adding drives should be conducted to create awareness.

Tapping electricity line from CESC is a major issue in many areas. This cause additional pressure on the electrical transformers which become inoperative. It takes several hours for CESC to repair the fault and sometimes the transformers have to be changed causing inconvenience to the residents. In the fringe areas the problem is every more acute.

CESC officials said camps will be held in different localities urging people to take CESC connection and avoid tapping of power which is both illegal and risky. Mobile vans with public address system will visit the areas to create awareness.

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