By Friday the Nov. 15, it has been targeted to restore power supply to most areas of Phailin cyclone and flood hit Ganjam district, said State energy secretary P.K.Jena.
Mr. Jena along with Chief Managing Director (CMD) of the Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) Hemant Sharma, Ganjam district collector Krishan Kumar reviewed the progress of power restoration work in Ganjam district at the corporate headquarter of the Reliance Energy Limited (REL) managed power distribution company Southco in the city on Tuesday. The Managing Director (MD) of the Southco, Prashant Choudhury was also present during this meeting with senior officials of the company.
Speaking to newsmen, Ganjam district collector said temporary restoration work was almost complete in all other sectors after one month of the Phailin except the power sector. He hoped that restoration of power would be completed soon to alleviate the problems of rural mass.
Mr. Jena said, it was now time to get things done as per fixed targets. He hoped that by Nov. 15 night, most areas of Ganjam district especially the rural areas would be get power supply resumed. He also accepted that there would be some rural areas which may not get back power supply in next few days.
The villages where resumption of power supply would get delayed are to ones which are still water logged due to which it is not possible to put in new poles for power restoration work.
As per a release of the Southco, by Tuesday, 3,65,000 electricity consumers of Ganjam district had got back power supply. This district has 5,41,000 electricity consumers. It was claimed that electricity supply had been resumed to all the 17 urban centers of the district as well as Berhampur city.
Electricity has reached 270 panchayats of the district till Tuesday. It may be noted that Ganjam has 444 panchayats.
Different organizations of power sector like OHPC, PGCIL and NHPC have also come out to help in the power restoration work in Phailin hit Ganjam district. The government is providing all financial assistance for the restoration of electricity supply to all areas.
The REL is using its manpower of distribution companies managed by it like Southco, Wesco, REL Delhi, Mumbai Discoms for the power restoration work. Around 3500 workers and engineers are involved in this restoration work.