Power restoration work in full swing in Puri
Puri: While power restoration work in Puri is in full swing, Grand Road (Bada Danda) will be lighted again on Wednesday, 12 days after cyclone Fani battered the Pilgrim City.
This was stated by the Executive Engineer of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU), Puri Division.
Power has also been supplied to Balighata grid in Puri. Similarly, Sriramnagar sub-station received power supply on Wednesday morning. Electricity to the courts, Atharanala, Charinala and Baliapanda will be provided soon, officials said.
However, the officials have urged the locals of Puri to be patient as power will be restored to every house after proper assessment.
Though restoration of power in Puri was a big challenge, the State government took all steps to provide essential commodities to the affected people.
The entire power infrastructure in Puri district has been devastated in the cyclone which damaged 75 towers of 220 KV and 25 towers of 132 KV.
Cyclone Fani hit the Odisha coast on May 3 and tore through Puri with wind speed gusting up to 200 kmph.
While the state government claimed to have restored about 93 per cent piped water supply in rural areas of the district, people are anxiously waiting for the revival of power supply.
“Restoring power connection in Puri is a big challenge for us due to large-scale damage to the infrastructure. But we will start supplying power in Puri and Konark towns from May 15,” said Information and Public Relations Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh.
Apart from Odisha, skilled workers from other states, including West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana and Kerala have been engaged to restore power supply in the district.
The telecom service is also in poor shape and the service providers have restored only 42 per cent of operations in the district.
Airtel had positioned six cells on wheels, while Reliance Jio has set up three and Vodafone-Idea one in Puri, Singh said. Out of 41 telephone exchanges of BSNL, 29 are functional in the district, he added.