Post cyclone situation fast limping back to normal in Cyclone affected areas of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Post cyclone situation has been fast limping back to normal in Cyclone affected areas of the State. Human casualty could be limited to two digits due to
timely evacuation of the people earlier. The basic necessities of the affected people are being met on war footing.
Before “FANI” all overhead water tanks of rural and urban areas were kept full to meet the contingency. Required manpower and machineries were brought
from even Kolkata and Gujurat by Helicopter and Air Cargo to operationalize
Mundali reservoir. Water tankers, PVC tanks, Gen sets were used to mitigate the
plight of the affected people. This was the result of preparedness of State
Government for which 100% water supply was possible in record time.
The real challenge was power restoration in affected areas post FANI. Power
supply could be restored in many areas due to concerted effort of authorities,
workers, technicians, volunteers, even the ITI/Polytechnic students. Unshaken in
hard weather, steadfast in sincerity and duty, these people succeeded in bringing
back electric connection to lacs of households.
Apprehension of large scale human casualty could be averted due to
alertness and preparedness of OSDMA, administration of affected Districts,
various Government Departments, Non-Government workers, Meteorological
Department and volunteers. The objective was to keep human casualty to zero, but
despite the ferocity and wrath of the cyclone the death toll remained 64 which is
comparatively below than the casualty suffered in Mozambique due to cyclone of
lower magnitude recently. The death toll was more than 1000 in that SouthEastern African Country.
The central delegation has praised the rescue, relief and restoration measures
undertaken by State Government in such a trying time. The efforts also been
lauded by International agencies vociferously. In short Government and private
agencies have worked hand in hand to ameliorate the situation by strong will
power, hard work and resilience of the people. It is proved that natural calamity
can damage our property and resources but cannot dampen our courage and spirit.
Whole state is unitedly fighting against all odds at this critical juncture to reb
Distribution of relief materials among cyclone affected people is carried out
on war footing. 94.1% of beneficiaries have been provided with Cash component
in Puri District while it has come to 98.3% in Khurda District. 99.3% of
beneficiaries have been given cash in Kendrapada District and it is 97.7% in
Cuttack District. Similarly 87.2% of beneficiaries have been provided cash
component in BMC. Total beneficiaries covered in cash component has been more
than 95% in the affected Districts. Similarly rice component distribution has been
96.6%, 99%, 97.34%, 98.5%, 77.3% and 94.6% in Puri, Jagatsinghpur,
Kendrapada, Cuttack, BMC and Khordha respectively. Besides, polythene or cash
in lieu of polythene component has been distributed to 92%, 64.3%, 98.8% 83%,
97.5% and 98% of beneficiaries in Khordha, BMC, Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapada and
Jagatsinghpur respectively.
Power restoration was a measure challenge in post FANI period because
power infrastructure is was severely damaged. Energy restoration needed repairing
of 220 and 132 KV lines as well as to activate ancillary and allied systems.
Authorities, Workers, Employees along with the volunteers continued their sincere
effort to restore power supply
In Cuttack Electrical Division CDD-1 100 percent connectivity has been
restored. In CDD-II about 61,000 consumers out of around 69,000 consumers
have been supplied power while in Cuttack CED division around 71,200 rural and
urban consumers have been provided power connection out of 95,600.
In BCDD-I 100 percent consumers have already been covered while in BCDD-II
about 135040 rural and urban consumers out of 147531 consumers have been
given power supply. Similarly in BED 108050 rural and urban consumers have
been covered out of 109984
In Jagatsinghpur Electrical Divn. JED, 38 nos. of feeder out of 43 have become
operational and so 85903 consumers have been provided electricity connection out
of 116215. In Paradeep (PED) division, total 24 feeders have become operational
while 93394 out of 101228 consumers have been provided with power supply.
In Puri out of 56 feeders, 07 have been made operational and substantial growth in
number of connection has been made. In NED(Nimapada) out of 28 feeders 5
feeders have been operational and around 9000 consumers have been given power
supply. 24 x 7 effort is being made to restore power supply in Puri District.
All master switching centres are restored. Mobile tower coverage has been
85% in Khurda, 59% in Puri, 93% in Cuttack District, 86% in Bhubaneswar city,
60% in Puri town and 93% in Cuttack town.
In Puri 23 BTS (Base Trans-receiver Station) are functioning. Similarly 23
CoWs are functioning in Puri District. Today BSNL has started CoW service at
Brahmagiri. Similarly, 10 Airtel, 6 Jio and 6 Vodafone-Idea CoWs service are
functioning in Puri District.
In Khurda and Cuttack District BSNL Fixed Landline Exchanges are fully
functional, whereas in Puri District out of 41 fixed Landline Exchanges 34 are
Intra Circle Roaming (ICR ) continues only for Puri District. BSNL and Jio
mobile coverage are fully functional in all 11 block Head quarters of Puri District.
Similarly, except Satyabadi block Airtel, Vodafone-Idea mobile coverage are
In Puri District 93.69% of Bank Branches have been operational. In
Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Ganjam the percentage has come up to 98.63,
99.49, 97.56, 99.77 respectively. In Kendrapada the functioning in Bank Branches
have become 100 percent. Similarly ATMs functioning in Puri, Khurda, Cuttack,
Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam and Kendrapada have been 34.91%, 74.24%, 78.92%,
78.84%, 99.62% and 83.63% respectively.
Extensive arrangement is being planned for plantation to create a new green
cover. Priority has been given to create a green barricade in the coastal area and to
replant and restore the partly uprooted trees. About 130.50 lakhs new trees will be
planted out of which Forest Department will plant 80.5 lakh trees and 50 lakh new
trees will be planted by different educational institutions and in industrial and
private areas. In order to restore comparatively large trees an action plan has been
prepared. These large trees will be planted in Balukhanda reserve forest area and in
different parks and roads of Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar urban areas. All
modern and developed techniques will be adopted.
Different varieties of cyclone resistant tress like Neem, Karanja, Baula,
Jamu, Korila, Chatian, Khaira, Arjun, Mahyoni, Ashok, Harida, Bahada, Shisu,
Katha Champa, Dimiri will be planted.
Comparatively short height trees will be planted near electrical lines in order
to avoid loss to life and property. 22 lakh trees have been destroyed causing an
extensive damage to the tune of Rs.537 crore so far as forest infrastructure is