Fani Aftermath: Odisha Govt To Start House Damage Survey In Puri & Khurda From May 15

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Bhubaneswar: While more than 5 lakh houses have been damaged in the cyclone Fani, the State Government will start a survey from May 15 to assess and identify the affected families. The State Government will mobilise 25 teams from other districts to carry out and expedite the survey in Puri and Khurda, Panchayati Raj Secretary, DK Singh said.


Senior officials will be designated to monitor the house building works in those blocks which have suffered maximum damage. To ensure transperancy in allocation of the newly built houses geo-tags will be used. Besides, the photos of the new units will be uploaded on Government portal.


The process of allocation of the new houses will be started from June 1, Singh added.


Addressing a joint press conference on post-Fani management, Information and Public Relations Department Secretary, Sanjay Singh said, 2,226 out of 2,364 piped water supply systems in Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts have been made fully functional. The water supply in Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts are operating in full strength.


"We have prioritised water supply restoration in Puri and Khurda. In Khurda, 92.25 percent of 393 rural piped water supply units are working. In Puri, 85 percent of the 258 piped water supply projects have been restored," he added.


On a daily basis, 3 lakh litres water is being supplied to Puri with the help of tankers and 11 special teams have been deployed in the district to restore water supply system. Special teams to inspect the water quality are also working in full capacity in Puri, Singh added.


57 percent mobile connectivity in Khurda, 34 percent in Puri and 70 percent in Cuttack districts have  been restored so far, till Monday. Similarly, in Bhubaneswar 56 percent, Cuttack (city) 73 percent and Puri (town) 18 percent mobile towers have been restored.


On the electricity front, out of 72,000 consumers in City Distribution Division (CDD)-1, power supply has been restored for 70,200 consumers. All the rural feeders under CDD-2 will be restored by May 15, the I&PR Secretary added.


Under CDD-2 there are 44 feeders out of which 23 were made functional till Monday. "Out of 70,000 consumers in CDD-2, 45,000 have got electricity. Power supply for the rest under CDD-2 will be restored in the next two days," Singh added.

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DK Singh, Secretary, Panchayati Raj, Odisha

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Sanjay Kumar Singh, Secretary, I&PR, Odisha