India gets tough on tamperers


New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — July 20, 2007 – The Government of India has published the Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2007, and its provisions came into force on June 15 – bad news for those who tamper with electricity meters, as the Act contains provisions for swingeing punishments.

The Electricity (Amendment) Act 2007 provides for fines ranging from three to six times the amount that a tamperer has ‘saved’ by stealing electricity, in the case of a first conviction. Tamperers who have been found guilty a second time face a jail sentence for a period ranging between six months and five years. On top of this, their electricity supply will be disconnected for a period ranging between three months and five years.

Power theft is a huge problem in India; revenue losses of 40 per cent and more have been recorded, caused by illegal connections and meters that have been tampered with.