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Mumbai: BEST claims Rs 4.85 crore dues from restaurant for power theft

PTI
Published : Apr 21, 2017, 12:36 pm IST
Updated : Apr 21, 2017, 12:36 pm IST

A provisional claim of Rs 4.85 crore has been slapped on the restaurant owner as the BEST suspects the theft was going on for last 10 years.

Representational Image. (Photo: File)
 Representational Image. (Photo: File)

Mumbai: The city civic body-run power utility BEST has slapped a claim of Rs 4.85 crore on the owner of a restaurant in suburban Mahim for alleged power theft, an official said on Friday.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) on Thursday registered an FIR with Mahim police under relevant provisions of the Electricity Act against the owner of Status Gourmet restaurant, located opposite the Hinduja hospital on Savarkar road in Mumbai, for allegedly stealing power, he said.

"Acting on a tip-off, our team raided the two-storey restaurant, which also has two banquet halls. We found that a cable for power supply was connected illegally through a changeover switch arrangement," the official said.

The service cabin (power source) was hidden and a cable was being used illegally for stealing electricity for last several years, he alleged.

A provisional claim of Rs 4.85 crore has been slapped on the restaurant owner as the BEST suspects that the theft was going on for last 10 years, he said.

The restaurant's power supply has been disconnected, he added.

Tags: brihanmumbai electric supply and transport, electricity act, electricity theft, status gourmet
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)