Bhubaneswar: While power supply to emergency services in Bhubaneswar will be restored by today night, domestic power supply will be restored from tomorrow, said Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma on Sunday.
Power distribution and transmission system has been completely damaged in Puri and Khurda districts, including Bhubaneswar, because of cyclone FANI. As per estimation 1.56 lakh poles need to be re-installed in both the districts.
There is need of more manpower for restoration work and till date 4000 people have been mobilised and the number is increasing day by day. Line charging in Bhubaneswar city will be started in phases from tomorrow, he added.
Sharma informed that 100 per cent power has been restored in Ganjam and Jajpur districts, it will be 100 per cent restored in Bhadrak and Balasore and 50 per cent in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Cuttack by today evening. Further it will be completely restored in Malud village under Krushnaprasad block of Puri district by today night.
The most critical areas where power is yet to be restored are Bhubaneswar and Puri. In Bhubaneswar city there has been a massive uprooting of trees and poles have been completely damaged. It is not possible to restore the old network there as it will take time, therefore installation of new poles has been started, he added.
He further informed that two out of the eight power transmission towers damaged in Chandaka and Mancheswar have been restored and two others will be restored by today night.
After restoration of the towers, they will supply power to 10 per cent of Bhubaneswar including airport, Capital Hospital, three power supply stations and other emergency services. Restoration of power supply to domestic consumers will start in phases from tomorrow, said Sharma.
As per estimation around 40,000 new poles are needed in Bhubaneswar and SAIL has already sent 20,000 poles. PGCIL, NTPC and other agencies have sent around 500 additional manpower and more gangs are coming day by day from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
Around 300 employees along with 30 Junior Engineers and SDOs of WESCO from Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts have reached Bhubaneswar for the reconstruction work. Some officers and staff of SOUTHCO from Rayagada, Bhanjanagar, Boudh, Jeypore and Koraput will arrive by today evening. They will work in Bhubaneswar for a day and move to Puri from May 7, said the Energy Secretary.
In Puri the 220 kV, 132 kV transmission towers have been damaged and it needs to be reconstructed. Around 56,000 new poles need to be installed there and the work has been started today which will be expedited from tomorrow. Power supply to consumers in Puri will be restored in phases from May 7, he added.