Consumption up, illicit power tapping also up in NWP
The number of incidents of illegal tapping of electricity has risen
with the increase in electricity consumption in the North Western
Businessmen and low income families are among those involved in
illicit power tapping. Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) sources told the
Daily News that action had been taken against 42 persons during this
year for tapping electricity illegally.
He said during the past three months, incidents of illegal tapping
was reported from Mawathagama Nikaweratiya Dodangaslanda and Polgahawela.
The CEB said for a month, 10 to 15 complaints are received by the
investigation unit functioning under the supervision of the chief
engineer. According to the Electricity Board, several persons have died
on the spot while tapping electricity illegally.