19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: During tropical cyclones power and communications are worst hit. Odisha has witnessed such situations in the past on several occasions. However, the resilient forces backing the power and communication sector in the State have managed to restore the connections fast. As Odisha braces for yet another cyclone, Amphan, the electricity department has taken several steps to face the natural disaster.
Here is a list of steps taken by the State Government on Electricity and Communication front:
Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) and Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) have taken advance action for mobilizing technical gangs and materials to take up the restoration immediately after the cyclone. Gangs with Gen Sets, gas cutters and vehicles are in readiness for immediate deployment.
340 no. of gangs each comprising 10 workmen, 4305 no. of poles, 365 km of conductors, 116 KM of AB Cable, 115 no. of DTR, 3850 no. of insulators have been mobilized and prepositioned by CESU, NESCO and SOUTHCO.
As the power supply is likely to be shut down before the cyclone, the lifeline institutions including Government offices have been asked to make power back up an arrangement (Genset with sufficient fuel).
24X7 Control room set up in OPTCL/ GRIDCO for sharing of information.
District wise nodal officers have been allotted.
The 2nd round of meeting with Telecom Service Providers was held on 18.05.2020. All the telecom operators have agreed to make all the DG sets functional with fuel reserve of 24 hours. They have also agreed to keep movable DG sets ready at central locations for movement in case of need.
All the TSPs have agreed to keep Cell-on- Wheels in readiness for deployment in case there is damage to mobile towers in district due to impact of AMPHAN. All the telecom operators were advised to be ready with adequate numbers of technical manpower for the restoration of any affected telecom towers and Optical Fiber Cables (OFC).
Damage Expected: Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur & Mayurbhanj districts.
Total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses. Potential threat from flying objects.
Bending/ uprooting of power and communication poles.
Major damage to Kutcha and Pucca roads. Minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems.
Widespread damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down of bushy trees like mango.
Small boats, country crafts may get detached from moorings.
The Collectors, State Disaster Response Forces and other officers having Satellite Phones have been directed to recharge and keep the phones ready for use. The Digital Mobile Radio installed in six coastal districts are also tested and kept ready for use for communication with Collectors, BDOs and others in case the telephone/cell phone networks are down due to cyclone. The V-sat communications at State HQ and in 3 districts (Khordha, Jajpur and Cuttack) are also ready.