Taking note of the massive damage of power infrastructure in the cyclone and flood-hit districts, the state government has taken up adequate measures to restore power in these districts on a war footing.
In a press briefing here on Wednesday, Energy secretary PK Jena said as per preliminary reports, out of over 34,000 km of power transmission damaged in the flood-hit districts of Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur and Bhadrak and the cyclone-hit district of Ganjam, the bulk of the damage has been reported from Ganjam district where over 13,000 km of power transmission and infrastructure and more than 50 extra high tension (EHT) towers have been completely damaged.
“The Energy department has arranged necessary machineries and equipment and transformers for early repair work to restore temporary power connection at the earliest”, Jena informed.
To expedite power restoration in the flood-hit districts of Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur and Bhadrak, the department has already sent staffs along with the required equipment to these districts.
“Efforts are on to restore power in two days in the areas where the floodwaters have started receding”, he added.
Stating that power transmission in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar is almost restored, Jena said work is progressing on war-footing to restore power in Bhadrak and Baripada towns by Wednesday night.
Referring to the power scenario in Ganjam district which was ravaged by the Cyclone Phailin, the Energy secretary said power transmission in all 22 blocks and 18 urban areas of the district have been completely damaged.
“To restore normal power supply, construction of new infrastructure is required. However, energy department staff are making alternative arrangements to restore power in major pipe water supply projects, hospitals, telecom offices and district headquarters office in a couple of days”, he said.
Jena also informed that he has directed three senior department officials to prepare a daily report on the extent of damage and the progress in the repair work and send it to the state government.
Admitting that it would take more time to restore power in all the blocks and urban areas at one go, Jena requested the people of the affected districts to cooperate in the phase-wise power supply in their respective localities.