Jamshedpur, India — (METERING.COM) — February 19, 2009 – With stricter implementation of remote metering and a drive against electricity theft the Jamshedpur circle of the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) has managed to increase revenue and reduce theft.

S.N. Pandey, superintending engineer of the Jamshedpur circle, was quoted as saying that the income during January 2009 was very close to the revenue target of Rs 21.50 crore (US$4.3 million). As a result the revenue target for February 2009 has been set at Rs 22 crore (US$4.4 million) – the highest ever.

Overall the revenue target for the 2008-9 financial year is about 10 percent higher than the previous financial year.

According to Pandey, the remote metering system was installed four years ago but it had not been implemented strictly. As a result random checks were being conducted among the industrial customers to confirm that the power bills were in proportion to the production.

In addition random checks were being undertaken with domestic customers in a drive against illegal connections.

Pandey said a target had been set to lodge 100 illegal connections during February. “By registering cases of power theft in such huge numbers, we have succeeded in creating fear in the mind of pilferers,” he said.

The company is also holding power camps at various locations to make people aware of power consumption.