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Cyclone FANI: 10 Lakh Electricity Connections To Be Restored By Tomorrow, Says SRC

04 May 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: While the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI has caused an extensive damage to power distribution infrastructure in almost four districts of Odisha, it has affected over 30 lakh out of the 1.1 crore electricity consumers in the districts.

Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today informed that all the High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) lines have been very badly damaged and the administration is trying to restore the electricity connections of 10 lakh consumers by tomorrow morning.

Reportedly, 400 kV, 200 kV towers, GRID Substations, 11 kV lines including LT lines and poles have been severely damaged.

While about 7000 personnel have been deployed on war footing basis for immediate restoration of power supply, Engineers and Technicians from WESCO and SOUTHCO have also been mobilized to assist and supervise the restoration work.

Priority has been given to restore power supply to essential public services like drinking water points, hospitals and communication installations. While Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma is personally monitoring the progress for quick restoration of Electricity, people have been requested to cooperate.

Speaking exclusively to OMMCOM NEWS yesterday, Sharma had informed that it would take weeks to restore the power distribution network as FANI has caused an extensive damage to power distribution infrastructure in the affected districts with 100 per cent damage in Puri and Khurda.

All the transmission GRIDs of Bhubaneswar and Puri have been tripped and they need to be reconstructed starting from scratch. The damage done by FANI in Puri and Khurda is thrice that of Phailin with one lakh electricity poles needed to be reinstalled in these districts alone, he added.

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Bishnupada Sethi, SRC, Odisha