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Apartment builder steals power with impunity

K. Manikandan

EB officials unconcerned over illegal power tapping The EB office has a stock response: Talk to the vigilance section



WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: Overhead cables at Balaji Nagar fourth Street at Madambakkam. — Photo: K. Manikandan

TAMBARAM: Workers at an apartment complex being built on Balaji Nagar Fourth Street, Madambakkam, have been tapping electricity from the main power lines to run motors and operate drillers and other equipment in order to carry on the construction work inside.

Residents' complaints to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) office have evoked no response.

The apartment complex is coming up on a corner plotWhen residents rang up the Madambakkam Panchayat office and brought the glaring violation to its notice they were either asked to call the local TNEB office or told that the officer concerned was not available.

Baffling response

The response to their call to the staff on duty at the Selaiyur TNEB office (telephone: 2229 0229) was even more baffling: "The vigilance wing alone can take steps against such violations."

The residents persisted, only to have TNEB employees simply hang up on them.

Workers at the construction site said they had applied for a direct connection and that it would come through any moment. They were not able to run the generators throughout the day and had resorted to this step to run their equipment.

Not bothered

Did they know who paid for their tapping? The reply was: "It will not be billed to any individual, it is obviously the government."

When this reporter called them up, officials at the Selaiyur TNEB office repeated what they told the residents: "Talk to the vigilance section."

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