Bhubaneswar: The major problem in restoration of power supply in Bhubaneswar after the devastation caused by FANI is the uprooted trees and branches which have not been cleared till date, said Senior GM of CESU Subrat Mishra on Monday.
Mishra informed that while restoration work started from the next day of the cyclone, the Low Tension (LT) lines can be touched only after restoration of 11 KV and 33 KV lines.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to supply power to other areas and how many consumers can be provided power will be clear by today evening after completion of the test run. However, failure in communication network is also a major challenge in the restoration process.
With 1500 staff already working on the restoration of power supply, additional 200 people joined today to expedite the process. Most probably the 11KV lines will be restored by today night, added Mishra.
He informed that the damage in Puri is yet to be assessed and already 45 officers have been deployed to the primary sub-stations at Puri to organise required materials and manpower. He further said that while 4000 gangs are already working on the restoration process, there is a need for additional 6000 manpower.