War footing restoration of power supply underway in cyclone-hit Odisha dists

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Bhubaneswar: The restoration of power supply in several parts of Odisha is underway on a war footing basis after the near super cyclone ‘FANI’ made landfall at Puri on Friday leaving a massive trail of destruction.

According to sources, Puri district and parts of Khurda are the most affected and the power infrastructure has been totally devastated. In Bhubaneswar city, over 10,000 electric poles have either been uprooted or broken.

Talking to the media, Odisha power secretary Hemant Sharma informed that scores of electricity towers were destroyed in Bhubaneswar on Friday. He said, several 33 kV and 11 kV power stations have suffered damage and it will take several days to rebuild it entirely.

The districts of Cuttack, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and Nayagarh have also been affected by the wrath of the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘FANI’. Following this, hundreds of engineers and technicians are working to restore the services.

Referring to the devastating Super Cyclone of 1999, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “We are in the process of restoring critical infrastructure.”

Men and machinery of NDRF, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and fire services have launched a massive restoration work, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said.

Sethi also added that around 10,000 low power transformers have been damaged due to the cyclone and the government has approached the Steel Authority of India Ltd., for the expeditious supply of electric poles.

The state has received an additional four NDRF teams for restoration. Most of the NDRF personnel are engaged in Puri, Bhubaneswar, and Cuttack.

Most parts of the capital city Bhubaneswar and other affected districts may have to manage without electricity for the next 24 to 48 hours, sources said.

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