Bhubaneswar: Cyclone FANI retreated from Odisha in evening of May 3 but left behind a trail of destruction. With wind speeds upto 200 kmph, uprooted trees and snapped wires have taken a toll on the energy infrastructure. Senior officials informed that the damage would need rebuilding rather than restoration. In these testing times, electricians of Odisha and manpower from neighboring States have emerged as the real heroes.
Over the last 5 days, these workers have been toiling under the scorching heat and are braving peak summer to bring back electricity and happiness in cyclone-affected districts. They are putting in 14-15 hours of work without food, trying their best to expedite the process. Standing in heights and in fear of electrocution, these brave men are receiving the deserved praise in social media.
Odisha Chief Minister also took to Twitter and wrote, “Deepest gratitude to people who are working day & night, deep in Chandaka forests, to bring light to #Bhubaneswar. 20% of Bhubaneswar electrified within 72 hrs of a near super cyclone, thanks to personal sacrifices & dedication of workers like them. Odisha salutes you.”
In Odisha, the cyclonic storm has damaged 5 numbers of 400 KV towers, 27 numbers of 220 KV towers, 21 numbers of 130 KV towers, 4 numbers of 220 KV Grids at Chandaka, Bidanasi, Samagra and Mendhasala, and 4 numbers of 132 KV Grid at Puri, Nimapada, Mancheswar and Ransinghpur.
Similarly, 5030 kms of 33 KV lines, 38613 kms of 11 KV lines, 11077 distribution transformers and 79485 kms of LT lines have been damaged. Apart from Odia workers, 2000 men from Andhra Pradesh and 1000 men from Telangana are engaged in the massive rebuilding process.
So next time, think twice before complaining about delay in electricity restoration.