GUWAHATI: Power Minister Bimal Borah said on Thursday that the government is looking at amending the legislations relating to electricity consumers and bring in stringent provisions to put a stop to incidents of power theft where several big business houses and commercial establishments are involved. Talking to The Sentinel, Minister Bora said, "I have already appealed to all those involved in power theft to stop such illegal practice.
There is still time and those companies and big business houses involved in power theft should give it up. Otherwise, through an energy accounting system, it would be detected, as per law, penalty provisions would be initiated against them".
The Minister further said that as of now Assam is not facing any electricity shortage. This is because of some power purchase agreements signed. Whatever outages are happening is due to some technical reasons, natural calamities and routine maintenance. "When there is load shedding, I have told the electrical subdivisions to open social media pages and inform people when and for how long load shedding is going to continue and why. People should be pre-notified in case of any load shedding through the social media page with the timing and the date mentioned," the Minister said.
Sharing his phone number, the Minister said that if anyone has any complaint regarding power theft or any other complaint, the Minister can be reached directly on his WhatsApp number 9954414969. "We will act accordingly," the Minister said.
Meanwhile, two companies located in the Boragaon area in Guwahati were caught on the spot for power theft on Wednesday evening. The development took place in the presence of the Power Minister. Penalty provisions were initiated.