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Uninterrupted power supply this summer in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Amidst sharp rise in temperature during pre-summer, here’s something good news for residents as there will be no power disruption in the scorching summer this year.

There would not be load shading during the peak day and night hours, informed State Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma.

Attending a State Level preparedness meeting chaired by Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday, he said that steps will be taken to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the cities and villages despite increase in number of consumers, area coverage and quantum of electricity consumption.

In view of rise in global temperature, the State administration has augmented process to tackle the possible heat wave situation during this summer.

Taking the IMD forecast into account and previous years’ heat wave casualties, Chief Secretary Padhi directed the concerned departments for readiness to tackle any situation.

He directed the Energy department to ensure uninterrupted power supply to drinking water projects and sun stroke management rooms in the hospitals. The respective departments were also asked to keep the generator sets ready during the summer.

The meeting decided a slew of measures to deal with the heat wave situation.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “Institutional arrangement has been put in place for daily recording and prediction of heat wave situation. This year block and district wise temperature reading will be done. District level preparedness meetings have already been held in all districts and district level emergency rooms have been operationlized.”

Padhi directed the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department to keep all the tube wells and pipe water supply projects in running condition. The department was asked to keep strict vigil on repair and maintenance of the drinking water projects at filed level and undertake intensive awareness activities involving the NGOs and Civil Society Organizations.

Principal Secretary of the department Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh said, “Pre-summer repair and maintenance of drinking water projects have already been completed and presently all the projects are in running condition”.

Padhi further asked health and family welfare department to operationalize a special room in all the state-run hospitals for treatment of sun-stroke and heat related diseases.

It was decided to keep all required instruments, ice packs, medicines, fans and air cooling systems etc in the sun-stroke management rooms of the hospitals.