90% Consumers Will Get Electricity In All Areas By May 12 Except Puri District: Odisha Energy Secretary

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Bhubaneswar: When people of the many areas are deprived of power supply after being affected by Cyclone ‘FANI’ and eagerly waiting for it since May 3 (cyclone landfall day), Odisha Government today assured that 90% of the consumers will be restored with the electricity supply by May 12 except the worst-hit Puri district.

Talking to media today, Odisha Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma said, “As had been informed earlier, power restoration work has progressed a lot. As of now, the deadline is by May 12 and around 90% of consumers will get electricity in all areas except Puri district. And that deadline will be maintained.”

He informed, “Power restoration work is in full swing in Puri district. Around 4000 skilled and semi-skilled manpower engaged outsourced from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Telangana. Today more labourforce will be reaching here from Kerala and Karnataka. Hence we hope to achieve our target soon as we are advancing in Bhubaneswar and other areas as the work is under our control as well as receiving the output. Accordingly, Puri will also be restored soon.”   

He explained, “In LT line safety is the most important thing. Our manpower deployed has the experience of working upto the distribution transformer. This part of work has to be done first. We had yesterday engaged 200 ITI students so that they could help the consumers during the restoration. The domestic wiring has to be inspected properly as there is every possibility of accident. That is the only constraint.”

“The amount of power restoration could be done till yesterday (May 9) in Bhubaneswar city on emergency basis, it was only possible because of underground cabling. The areas having underground cabling got charged on May 5 and 6. Where there is no underground cabling, work for power restoration is underway,” argued the Odisha Energy Secretary.    

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Hemant Sharma, Energy Secretary, Odisha