Cyclone Gaja has damaged over 21,000 electric poles in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai districts, and efforts are being made on a war-footing to replace them and restore power supply at the earliest, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani has said.
While 9,000 poles suffered damage in Pudukottai district, 5,000 were damaged in Thanjavur district, 3,000 in Tiruvarur district and 4,000 in Nagapattinam district, according to reports received thus far.
A couple of transmission towers and 50 transformers were also damaged in cyclone-hit districts. Around 50 power sub-stations had switched off power supply in the affected districts, the Minister said.
Workers had to first remove the fallen trees and then undertake repair work. “Priority has been accorded to restoring power supply to the hospitals in Nagapattinam and other affected districts. Later, power supply will be restored to the drinking water pumpsets and other vital installations,” he said. “The entire power supply restoration work in the affected districts will be completed in two or three days,” he added.