JAMMU: As power crisis worsened in the sweltering summer, the authorities launched a crackdown on people having unauthorised electricity connections in Jammu, officials said Sunday.
During a drive, power department officials booked 825 defaulters and disconnected 450 illegal connections.
People in Jammu reeled under blistering heatwave as the mercury soared to 43.1 degrees Celsius, resulting in massive power crises in Jammu west.
"To put a check on power theft, the power department carried out a drive and conducted over 2,900 inspections, booking as many as 825 power defaulters, disconnecting more than 450 illegal connections and regularising around 1,866 KW illegal load," Executive Engineer, South Jammu, Sanjay Sharma, said Sunday.
He said such inspection drives will now be a regular feature and no one indulge in power theft will be spared.
The Executive Engineer said a total penal amount of Rs 25.50 lakh was imposed on the defaulters during the drive.