Bhubaneswar, May 16 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today requested the Union government to relax the NDRF norms to provide for the actual cost of restoration of the entire power infrastructure damaged by the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI.
Mr Patnaik in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, said power infrastructure in Puri and parts of other districts have been extensively damaged by the recent cyclonic storm FANI.He said according to the present NDRF norms for the repair of the damaged power sector, assistance is given for damaged conductors, poles, transformers, up to the level of 11 KV only. Even the scale of assistance for the admissible items is highly inadequate.
The Chief Minister said besides the large scale damage to 11 KV lines, distribution transformers and LT network admissible for repair and restoration under NDRF norms, extensive damage has also been caused to 220 KV, 132 KV, towers, and transmission lines, Grid substations, power transformers, 33 KV poles, lines and primary substations.
As per preliminary report damage due to FANI is estimated to be about Rs 1160 crore.
The Chief Minister said the transmission and distribution companies are not in a position to finance these restoration works.
The state government, he said, has undertaken a restoration of power infrastructure on a war footing from its own resources. However, the scale of damage is far extensive to be taken care of by the state government alone and requested for relaxation of NDRF norms for the restoration of power infrastructure at the earliest. (UNI)