Bhubaneswar, May 10 : The severe cyclonic storm Fani which hit the Puri coast on May 3 last, has caused extensive damages to the power and telecom infrastructures paralyzing the normal life in the coastal Odisha.
According to official report, 5 numbers 400 KV towers, 27 numbers of 220 KV towers, 21 numbers 130 KV towers have been damaged in the cyclone.
Similarlty four of 220 KV grids at Chandaka, Bidanasi, Samagra, Mendhasala and another 4 numbers of 132 KV grid at Puri, Nimapada, Mancheswar and Ransinghpur have been damaged in the cyclone.
This apart 5,030 kms. of 33 KV lines, 38,613 kms. of 11 KV lines, 64,304 nos. of distribution transformers, and 79,485 kms. of LT lines were also damaged in the cyclone.
Telecom towers have been affected in the state resulting in cellular and telephone network down in wide area.
All telephone and cell phones are down in Puri district. Telephone and mobile connectivity has also been severely affected in Khordha including Bhubaneswar city, official source said.
The rescue teams are engaged in clearing of roads while power restoration process is in full swing. The department of Energy have notified 1.5 times of prescribed wage rate for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labourers in cyclone restoration work so as to attract more no of competent gangs from within and outside the State.
The government claimed that road communication in Ganjam and Gajapti district has been completely restored. However, the road clearance and restoration works in other districts including Bhubaneswar city is going on.
Considering the serious disruption of electricity supply, road communication, telephone and mobile connectivity, the state government has rushed additional support for immediate restoration.(UNI)