Puri: Lord Jagannath’s land Puri, marked by its serene and pictureseque beaches, attracts lakhs of visitors every year. This pilgrim town of Odisha lost its sheen on May 3 when the devastating cyclone Fani made its landfall on the coast.
A month after this calamity, Puri is fighting back to normalcy. Worst hit was the electricity infrastructure which is undergoing repair and restoration at war footing. As per official records of the Electricity department, 60 percent of the restoration work has been completed in the district.
Superintending Engineer Pradeep Kumar Sahoo said that loss to the electricity infrastructure in Puri has been estimated at Rs 602 crore. 70 kms 33 KV lines, 2,500 kms 11 KV lines, 3,000 kms LT lines and 4,000 transformers have been damaged in Puri district.
The area-wise percentage of restoration of electricity infrastructure in Puri is as follows: Puri Municipality – 99%; Puri Sadar – 49%; Bramhagiri – 30%; Satyabadi – 36%; Krushnaprasad – 20%; Pipili – 30%; Delang – 56%; and Kanas – 26%.
“Work on 48 out 55 11 KV feeders have already been completed. As many as 82 gangs are working at any given time. Restoration work has been evenly distributed and is expected to be completed soon,” Sahoo added.