India tackles power theft


The CESC, based in Calcutta, India, has announced that power thefts are becoming increasingly difficult to detect, with the culprits adopting innovative techniques. The utility is finding that the wires used for tapping power are being concealed in such a manner that detection by observation alone has become difficult. This has been exacerbated by the fact that the utility’s lines, which used to be overhead, now run underground.

Utility officials say it is almost impossible to detect illegal connections from underground cables without help from the police. Just recently, the CESC authorities discovered a large-scale “power-hooking” racket, and have been at pains to warn consumers of the dangers of hooking. They point out that water coming out of a tap can kill if it is charged due to a leak from a tapped line.