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Water & Electricity Woes: Silver City Dwellers Still Waiting For Their Turn Post FANI


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09 May 2019

Bikash Sharma


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Cuttack: It is almost a week that the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI struck Odisha, and people in many parts of the twin cities are still grappling with the restoration of water and electricity supply. Though the government authorities are on their toes, with various teams teaming up to restore the basic necessities, many places are still facing the problems of drinking water and electricity.

A group of Cuttack denizens (CDA Sector-6) met Collector Aravind Agrawal and presented a memorandum regarding their woes in the aftermath of cyclone FANI.

“We were forced to come over here to meet the Collector as the authorities have not yet started any work on our side. The children and the old people are struggling daily. There is shortage of drinking water also. If the government authorities won’t restore power supply and water supply in our area by tomorrow, we will sit on dharna in front of Collector’s Office,” cried out Gadadhar Sahoo, resident of CDA Sector-6.

Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, Cuttack Collector Aravind Agarwal said, “Our first priority was to restore electricity and provide drinking water to all. As you can see, around 30 percent of the city is electrified. A plan has been prepared to charge the transformers date-wise, and it is most likely that we would restore electricity in most of the areas by tomorrow. And the areas which are more affected may take a couple of days more. But hopefully, 90 percent will be over by tomorrow.”

“We are trying to make the entire water supply system fully functional. We have ample generators and almost 80 percent areas in Cuttack are having water supply. Around 100 tankers are deployed so that the people can be supplied water,” he further added.

Talking on the restoration process, he informed, “Our next focus is sanitation, i.e. to clean the debris and garbage heaped around. Manpower has been mobilized from other districts also to speed up the work. We are personally reviewing the work progress.”

“Similarly, near to normalcy has been restored in the 3 blocks namely Badamba, Narsinghpur and Tigiria. In other blocks, where there was more devastation, it will take more time to bring in full normalcy.”

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Aravind Agarwal, Collector, Cuttack

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Aravind Agarwal, Collector, Cuttack