Bhubaneswar, Oct 23:
Worried by the growing public resentment over the delay in restoration of power supply in the cyclone-hit Ganjam district, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked the Energy department to complete the task by November 5.
Briefing newsmen after a high level review meeting presided over by the chief minister at the State Secretariat here, Energy minister Arun Kumar Sahu said the meeting decided to constitute a high-level Task Force to probe into the cause of the large-scale damage caused to the extra high tension (EHT) towers during Cyclone Phailin.
Stating that the restoration work has been delayed due to intermittent rains following a fresh depression in the Bay of Bengal and the demand by the farmers to restore the lines and poles fallen on the cultivated land, Sahu said despite this, efforts are on to provide alternative arrangements to install poles and draw lines.
The minister also informed that in Ganjam as many as 4 lakh electric poles have been damaged and the loss to electricity network has been more than 70 per cent of the total damage.
As per the estimate, the Energy department has suffered maximum loss due to the cyclone and flood and around Rs 1,048.14 crore assistance has been sought from the Centre to restore power supply in the affected areas.