Odisha Government fast tracked power restoration efforts in the Extremely Severe Cyclone affected districts, for which power has been restored for over 32 lakh consumers.
Bishnupada Sethi Principal Secretary, Energy coordinated the efforts of DISCOMs, which engaged around 3700 workmen were working in the NESCO and CESU sites in the post cyclone scenario.
CESU has restored the power supply to 22.77 lakhs consumers out of the affected 26.82 lakhs consumers.
Similarly, NESCO has restored the power supply to 10 lakhs consumer out of the affected 16 lakhs consumers.
He instructed AO, NESCO to submit a Division -wise micro plan for restoration work.
Mr.Sethi instructed all concerned that all the restoration work should be completed by 25 May, 2020 positively. He also stressed upon sharing of information with regard to the restoration in Media, Facebook & twitter.
NESCO had already resumed power supply to 10 lakhs affected consumers in different areas and power supply would be restored to another 3 lakhs consumers by tomorrow.
Officials say that power supply would resume for all the urban area & hospitals tonight. At present, 161 gangs including gangs from WESCO, SOUTHCO & PGCIL are working in the sites.
Principal Secretary, Energy instructed authorities of SOUTHCO to send 150 workmen tonight & another 100 workmen by tomorrow morning to NESCO sites for restoration work.
It was advised that a senior officer in NESCO is needed to coordinate with CESU, SOUTHCO & PGCIL for assigning the work to these workmen at different sites for proper utilisation of work force.
NESCO authorities have informed that they have received additional materials from WESCO & SOUTHCO. Joist poles from SAIL will be despatched today and he has also placed purchase orders with the local vendors who will supply the required materials. CESU will also provide some joist poles to NESCO for restoration work.
Damages in CESU area was more than what they had expected and Teams of Power Utility led by CEO Arun Bothra have restored power supply to all the affected consumers except Marshaghai, Kendrapada, Jagatsingpur, Salipur, Nimapada and Paradeep Divisions.
He also informed that he diverted all the workmen available in the CESU area to those divisions for restoration work and he would complete the restoration work in entire CESU area in the next 2 days. On completion of their restoration work they will divert their workmen to NESCO if required.