Govt to impose fine on farmers drawing power unauthorisedly

Karnataka Government Thursday decided to snap power supply and impose fine on those farmers who were drawing power unauthorisedly for irrigation pump set connections after this January.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 21:26 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka Government Thursday decided
to snap power supply and impose fine on those farmers who were drawing power unauthorisedly for irrigation pump set
connections after this January.

The state cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, to check the menace of illegal pumpsets which
cast impact on supply of energy, however decided to regularise
1.50 lakh such connections that existed prior to December 31,
2010.
Farmers will have to pay Rs 10,000 and money towards two
month deposit for regularising unauthorised connections and
respective ESCOMs (Electricity Supply Companies) spend Rs
35,000, Minister for Higher Education V S Acharya told
reporters briefing the decisions adopted at the cabinet.

The meeting decided to levy toll from road users on
about 5,000 kms of road developed under Karnataka State
Highway Project and Karnataka Road Development Corporation, he
said.
The government was yet to decide on the date of levy of
toll and also the quantum, Acharya said.

PTI