ALAPPUZHA: KSEB chief vigilance officer Rishiraj Singh has said the KSEB vigilance wing has unearthed 902 electricity thefts in inspections conducted during last nine months in the state. A fine of Rs 35 crore was imposed and about 3,427 malpractices were also reported, he said at a press conference at Vydyuthi Bhavan, Alappuzha on Saturday.
Singh said the number of cases were high in Ernakulam district and less in Malappuram district. The team fined Rs 4.66 crore in the surprise check conducted in Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kollam, Idukki and Malappuram district in last three days. In Alappuzha alone Rs 1.33 crore was fined in the surprise raid carried out in last three days. As many as 13 electricity thefts and 80 malpractice cases were registered during these days, Singh said.
The squad raided the houses of former employees of the KSEB at Thiruvananthapuram and imposed Rs 3 lakh as fine. The team also found that six houses boats at Pallathuruthy were tapping electricity from line directly during night.
Singh said the complaints on electricity theft can be informed through mobile and WhatsApp or at the KSEB offices in the state. Information can be provided at the following numbers: 0471 2444554, 9446008006.