Puri: In the aftermath of extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI that wreaked havoc on this coastal district soon after its landfall on May 3 morning, Odisha Chief Minister today reviewed the situation and announced special package for the affected people as well as assured to make Puri town into a world class heritage city.
Soon after the high level review meeting at the circuit house here, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I am deeply saddened by the damage caused to Puri. I assure the people that we will make Puri into a world class heritage city.”
Informing, “Puri district gets its electricity sourced through three lines, all of which badly damaged. With thousands of workers working day and night on a war-footing basis, one line is getting restored to Puri today, the CM mentioned, “My deepest condolences to the family of Shri Mangaraj Rao who sacrificed his life while working on this, yesterday.”
He further informed, “With this one line restoration, power supply to start in Puri town, Nimapara NAC and Konark NAC from tonight in a phased manner.”
“With so many uprooted trees, safety is important aspect of power restoration. I appeal to everyone to cooperate in this humongous task as we are almost re-electrifying Puri district,” stressed the CM.
“Kerosene oil at the rate of 2.5 litres per family will be made available free of cost every 10 days in the affected areas till restoration of power is completed.”
Announcing the special package, the Odisha Chief Minister said, “Rice at the rate of 50 kg per family will be made available for all non-ration card holders also.”
He added, “House building damage and other assessments as per the Relief Code have been started and will be completed within a week.”
He further announced, “10 lakh candles will be available in the next few days for free distribution. For the next two months, sanitary napkins will be supplied free of cost to all.”
On being queried by media about the timeline for power supply restoration in Puri district, the Chief Minister replied, “10,000 people are working round the clock to see it is restored as soon as possible”.