Bhubaneswar: The restoration of electricity, water and telecommunication in the cyclone affected districts of Odisha is underway on a war-footing basis with Bhubaneswar and Puri as the main focus areas.
Briefing mediapersons in a presser today, I&PR Secretary Sanjay Singh reiterated his earlier statement about restoring 100 per cent electricity in urban areas of Bhubaneswar by May 12 and said the government is also trying its best to restore power supply at Grand Road area in Puri within the same date.
However, Puri town and Konark town will receive power supply from May 15. Similarly, while urban areas in Cuttack will receive 100 per cent power supply by May 12, the electricity will be restored in CDA area by May 15.
Singh also informed that all the hospitals, both government and private, in urban areas have been provided power. Likewise, power backup has been put at place in all government healthcare institutions in the affected districts.
Speaking about water supply, Singh said that 100 per cent rural piped water supply has been restored in Bhadrak and Kendrapara districts, while it is 50 per cent in Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur and some areas of Cuttack and Khurda.
Further water supply to 12 out of 17 healthcare institutions have been restored in Puri, nine out of 12 Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Khurda and all such institutions in Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara, he added.
Informing that all rural piped water schemes will be restored by May 13, Singh said that meanwhile 563 water tankers have been sent to affected districts. Likewise, two mobile water treatment plant of 2000 litres capacity sent to Astaranga and Kakatpur and eight more mobile water treatment plants are to be mobilised for Puri.
Informing about the restoration of telecommunication facilities, Singh said that 42 per cent mobile towers have been functional in Khurda, 14 per cent in Puri and 56 per cent in Cuttack. Cell On Wheels (COW) movable mobile tower has also been set up in Puri with one by Airtel at Grand Road area and one by Jio near Circuit House.
Singh further informed that the BSNL telephone exchange which covers entire Puri town has become functional so the landlines in the area have started functioning.