Government of Odisha Intensifies Electricity Restoration Work

Bhubaneswar: Electricity Distribution System has been very severely affected in the Severe Cyclonic Storm-Titli, in the Southern Districts: Ganjam, Gajpati, Kandhamal and Rayagada. In addition to distribution lines, four major transmission lines: Therubali-Narendrapur, Nrendrapur-Atri, Chatrapur-Ganjam and Rayagada-Akhusingh have also been affected. Various Teams of SOUTHCO and OPTCL have been deployed with required materials and equipment at the affected areas for immediate restoration work. Govt. has instructed for intensifying the restoration of Power supply with the priority to essential service ends like Hospitals, Railway Feeders and Water Supply Points.
The restoration work of 132 Kv Akhusingh –Mohana , Digapahandi Mohana line and 220 kV Atri-Narendrapur and Therubali-Narendrapur transmission line has been completed by last evening.
As regard to restoration of Distribution System in SOUTHCO, several teams have been engaged on war footing basis at different sites of affected districts. However restoration work in Gajapati district which has been badly affected because of landing of Cyclonic Storm Titili. Till today morning the restoration team could not reach at site because of road blockage of uprooted trees.
Similarly the restoration work in and around Aska is in slow pace as it has been marooned by Cyclonic flood in Rushikulya river. Teams are ready there for restoration work.
As per the information received, around 1250 Kms lines have been restored and 90 poles have been replaced so far. Around 6 lakhs consumers have got back their Electricity connection.
Leave of the Officials has been cancelled and officers on leave has been called back. In spite of continues heavy rain and amidst post-cyclone flood situation, the quick response teams under Energy Department are putting their best efforts for restoration of Power supply. Emergency control room in the Head quarter is monitoring the progress.
Shri Susant Sing, Honb’le Minister of Energy and Sri Hemant Sharma, IAS, Commissioner-Cum- Secretary, Department of Energy, GoO have today visited the affected districts to review and monitor the restoration activities in the field.

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