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Fani Aftermath: Odisha Govt Expedites Relief & Restoration With Additional Manpower


14 May 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: In the aftermath of extremely severe cyclone Fani, the Odisha government has mobilized additional manpower from different districts and neighbouring states to expedite relief and restoration activities. As a result, a significant improvement in relief distribution, restoration of energy, communication and drinking water supply has been seen over the past two days.

“100% water supply has been achieved in urban areas of the affected districts. Similarly, water supply in rural areas has improved substantially. Different Departments are assessing losses so that restoration work can be carried out very soon,” Information and Public Relations Department Secretary, Sanjay Singh said.

Preliminary Damage Report of Housing & Urban Development Department

In the cyclonic storm ‘FANI’ 53 ULBs of different districts have been affected. 27 Aahar centres of 22 ULBs are damaged. In spite of this alternative arrangements are being made to provide cooked meal in Aahar centres as usual.

As per preliminary assessment a sum of Rs 29.64 crore is required to repair 291.124 kms drains. Similarly, Rs 162.76 crore for 750.440 kms, Rs 9.06 crore for 267 culverts, Rs 136.46 crore for seweage and STP, Rs 124.13 crore for water supply, Rs 16.20 crore for Aahaar centres, Rs 17.08 crore for street lighting of BMC/CMC/BeMC and Rs 29.02 crore for street lighting of Municipalities and NACs will be required to restore these infrastructures.

The total damage assessment value is Rs 524.35 crore.

Rural Drinking Water Supply

In cyclone affected districts rural water supply is restored through a combination of Static water tanker, mobile water tankers, MTPs and PWS run by genset and solar power. In Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Jajpur districts 100% restoration has been done through Genset and power Supply.

As on today, 426 PWS (100%) in Khordha and 275 PWS (94%%) of Puri districts are now functional. Out of 2,364 of damaged PWS, 2,282 PWS have been restored with generators and power supply.

Urban Drinking Water Supply

Housing and Urban Development Department had taken time stage for restoration of water supply soon after Cyclone FANI. All water supply systems, overhead tanks and PVC tanks were filled in and Gensets were ready to meet the contingency. As a result the affected people were able to get drinking water. By now 100 % water supply has been ensured in all ULBs.

To improve the sanitation in affected districts 5000 sanitary workers, 600 officers, 943 JCBs/ Tractors were deployed. 4900 trips of garbage in BMC areas and 13000 trips garbage in CMC areas have been shifted. Puri town has also been made garbage free.

Telecommunication

Due to constant efforts telecommunication and mobile services have been improving substantially day by day. 65% mobile towers in Khurda, 42% in Puri and 81% in Cuttack district have been made functional.

Similarly, 72% in Bhubaneswar, 33% in Puri and 82% in Cuttack city have been made operational. 6 nos. of Airtel Cell on Wheel (CoW) are working at Badadanda, Collectorate , Swargadwar , Gundicha temple, Chakrathirtha road, Bus stand and Sarvodaya Nagar-Railway Station , Puri. Similarly, three Jio CoWs with 4G service are functioning at Collectorate, Medical square and railway station, Puri. One Vodafone CoW is radiating from Puri temple. Out of 99 Telephone Exchanges, Khordha 92 Telephone Exchanges are working.

Similarly, out of 41 telephone exchanges 29 are made functional. Consumers are getting the facilities of Intra-Circle Roaming given by Service providers. This facility has been availed by more than 1 lakh consumers while the facility has been extended upto 15th of this month. 2 crore free SMS have been sent until 11th May, 2019. This is approximately 25 lakh SMS free of cost per day.

Banking

As on today, 79.73 % in Puri, 97.26 % in Khordha, 98.73 % in Cuttack, 96.34% in Jagatsinghpur, 99.53% in Ganjam and 98.55 % bank branches in Kendrapara are functioning. Similarly 22.18 % in Puri, 55.07% in Khordha, 62.89% in Cuttack, 66.14% in Jagatsinghpur, 95.98% in Ganjam and 76.02% ATMs in Kendrapara are functioning.

Relief Distribution

Distribution of relief materials is being carried on in all affected areas in full swing. A total no of 17,92,125 nos. of beneficiaries have already been paid cash component which is 84 % in Puri, 94 % in Jagatsinghpur, 95.5 % in Kendrapara, 90 % in Cuttack, 90 % in Khordha and 84 % in BMC areas. Similarly Rice component distribution has been 96% in Puri, 97.5% in Jagatsinghpur, 82.3 % Kendrapara, 95 % in Cuttack, 72% in Khordha and 36 % in BMC area.

15,44,007 beneficiaries have already been covered in Rice Component. As on today a total No of 4,14,306 beneficiaries have been provided polythene or cash in lieu of polythene in Khordha, Bhubaneswar, Jagatsinghpur and Puri.

Health Services

All out efforts and Pre-cautionary measures have been taken by the Health Department in the cyclone affected areas. Senior Officers have already taken stock of the situation in 6 most affected blocks of Puri District.

While in the District Headquarter Hospitals of Puri and Khurda, all CHCs of Puri district and 10 out of 12 CHCs of Khurda district water supply has been restored, all government health facilities have become functional with power back up.

In the affected areas, 146 Mobile Medical Teams and 233 Medical Relief Camps have been functional. 76 doctors and 310 paramedics are deployed to affected districts out of which 20 doctors and 200 paramedics are deployed in the most affected 189 GPs of Khurda and Puri districts.

Additional fund to the tune of Rs 10,000 have been provided to all GKS to take up cleaning and sanitation works. More than 11000 cleanliness drives have been undertaken and 60476 open water sources have been disinfected. There is no report of any disease outbreak from any source so far.

Energy Restoration

The State Government is taking all out efforts to restore the power supply to all the consumers. In Cuttack City restoration work is in full swing under 3 divisions namely CDD-I, CDD-II and CED. Out of total 71,867 consumers under CDD-I.

All rural feeders CDD-II will be charged by 15th May, 2019. Out of 70,000 consumers of this division 48000 consumers have been provided with electricity till date. In CED out of 95000 consumers 45785 consumers have been given electricity both in urban and rural areas.

All the consumers of BCDD-1 have been provided with electricity as on today. In BCDD-II out of 97000 urban consumers 95000 consumers have been electricity. In BCDD-II charging rural feeders will be completed by tomorrow.

Kalinganagar, Barang, Chandaka, Inforcity, Utara and SBI Colony of this division will be given electricity within 2 days. Work is progressing on war footing. In BED area another 3000 consumers have been provided electricity as on today.

73% consumers of Cuttack and 70 % consumers of Khordha have already been given electricity so far as urban and rural areas are concerned. 524 gangs have been engaged to give power supply to 29,01,171 consumers of severely damaged Puri District.

It has been targeted give electric supply in Puri district. 75 nos of 220 KV towers have been damaged in Puri . PGCI has been interested to restore these towers. One 132 KV tower has been damaged on Chandaka- Puri Road. It will be restored by ERS. 30 Nos of 132 KV towers have been damaged from Khordha to Puri.

“45 gangs are working day and night to repair these towers. Some towers are situated in water logged areas. Still efforts are on to repair these towers on war footing,” Singh added.

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G. Mathi Vathanan, Principal Secretary, H&UD, Odisha

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Sanjay Singh, Secretary, I&PR, Odisha