Bhubaneswar: Energy Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra has informed the House that the colossal damage caused by severe cyclonic storm FANI to the electricity sector in the State amounts to a whooping Rs 1159.41 crore.
Quoting the data provided by OPTCL, the Energy Minister replied this following a question posed by senior Congress MLA Suresh Chandra Routray during the Question & Answer Hour of the ongoing Budget Session of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA).
The affected districts are Puri, Khurda (including Bhubaneswar), Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, Dhenkanal and Jajpur.
The Minister informed the members of the Assembly that worst-affected Puri district witnessed damage caused to 21 33 KV feeders, 24 33/11 KV s/s and 94 11 KV feeders and all have been restored.
Out of the total 388824 consumers, 365074 have been restored with power supply and 94% restoration achieved as per the OPTCL data provided. 208 gangs were engaged for the purpose.
In Khurda district, all the damaged 47 number of 33 KV feeders, 65 number of 33/11 KV s/s and 239 number of 11 KV feeders have been restored. 13 gangs were engaged here for the electricity restoration work.
Out of the total 529842 consumers, cent percent have been restored with the power supply.
Same is the case with affected Cuttack, Nayagarh, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, Dhenkanal and Jajpur districts where 100% restored, claimed the Energy Minister on the floor of the House yesterday.
Quoting the OPTCL data provided, Energy Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra concluded that in grand total 178 number of 33 KV feeders, 273 33/11 KV s/s and 932 11 KV feeders were damaged by FANI while 224 gangs were engaged for the restoration work and 3023788 electricity consumers out of the grand total 3047538 consumers have been restored with power supply. The restoration was reported to be 99.2% by the OPTCL.