The public in Odisha are in anger over lack of power in the cyclone hit areas of Odisha boiled over on Saturday as hundreds of people in Chopada grampanchayat of Jagatsinghpur district blocked the Cuttack-Paradip road in the morning demanding resumption of power supply.
More than a week after cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast lakhs of survivors continue to live in squalid conditions without power supply and food.
Despite a massive effort mounted by the state government to restore power supply to 3.5 million people, more than half of them still live in darkness in the middle of a heat wave.
The cyclone has extensively damaged the power infrastructure in Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur districts with 5030 kms of 33 KV lines, 38613 kms of 11 KV lines and 79485 km of LT lines destroyed.
Besides, 5 towers of 400 KV capacity, 27 towers of 220 KV capacity, 21 towers of 130 KV capacity and
64304 distribution transformers have been damaged in the cyclone. Four grids of 220 kv capacity that evacuate or distribute power in and around Bhubaneswar and 4 grids of 132 KV capacity at Puri, Nimapada, Mancheswar and Ransinghpur have been damaged.
“The damage to power infrastructure has been so much that it normal times in would have taken months together to bring back power. But we are working on war footing with 7000 power technicians from neighbouring States. Till last evening we have managed to restore power to half of the consumers of Bhubaneswar. Instead of resorting to disruption, people should cooperate,” said state energy secretary Hemant Sharma.
In Puri’s Gop and Kanas blocks people continued to wait for food relief amid reports that Dalits were being discriminated in relief distribution.
Sanjay Singh,Secretary, Information&Public Relations Dept, Odisha: We're going to intensify the initiative of 'helping hand'in days to come. We are going to take up this work in Puri. Water supply has been restored in all urban areas both in quality and quantity. #FaniCyclone https://t.co/JjBHfvd7tQ— ANI (@ANI) May 10, 2019