Bhubaneswar, Dec 10:
The state government has rapped three power distribution utilities (discoms) for not making any visible progress in shifting power supply lines from schools and Anganwadi centres and infrastructure development in elephant corridors.
The department, it may be noted, had fixed December end as the deadline for shifting of power lines from the schools and Anganwadi centres and March 2014 for straightening up sagging power lines and other infrastructure development in elephant corridors.
In a letter to the three discoms CESU, NESCO, WESCO and Chief Operating Officer, CSO, Reliance Energy, Energy secretary PK Jena has pointed out that there has been no tangible progress in the two works though the deadlines were fast approaching.
“The progress of the work is very slow as regards schools and Anganwadi and even the work has not been made in case of elephant corridor,” said Jena in his letter.
It is to be noted that the government has allotted Rs 21 crore under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for strengthening of transmission lines across elephant corridors.
There are three elephant reserves – namely Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur – besides 14 elephant corridors and nine fragmented corridors in the state. Electrocution, it may be noted, has the reason behind 20 per cent of all elephant deaths.