Ganesh festival is around the corner, on Monday 9 September 2013. BESCOM has urged public and the Mandallîs/ assocìatíons/ groups who set up Ganesha at public places not to tap power illegally.
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“It has come to the notice of the Company that in the past during festival at several places Ganesh Mandallis/ associations/ groups plug wires to street light ports and some tap electricity from street light poles. (sic) This can prove fatal during monsoon and may cause electric shock or electrocution. BESCOM will not be
responsible for any such untoward incidents owing to unauthorised power connections,” said the press release.
Unauthorised connections may also result in excessive usage of power, leading to voltage fluctuation/ sparking/ fire from transformers.
BESCOM has urged the public to inform about any such unauthorised connection to BESCOM helpline 080-22873333.
Stealing power will invite penalty under the Indian Electricity Act 2003. Under this, anyone caught stealing electricity can be imprisoned for up to three years or fined or both.
However, BESCOM is providing temporary electricity connections for the Ganeshotsava. Mandallis/ associations/ groups can contact nearest BESCOM Sub-division office to apply for temporary connection, instead of resorting to illegal tapping of power from connections.
Customers are requested to cooperate with BESCOM, says the press note signed by N J ayanthi, General Manager (Customer Relation), BESCOM.