New Delhi: PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd (POWERGRID) has helped restore power supply in the state of Odisha which was badly affected by cyclone 'Fani,' recently on May 3. Reportedly the strongest tropical cyclone to hit coastal areas in the last 20 years, it devastated the coastal areas of Odisha and caused massive damage to the power supply infrastructure uprooting lakhs of electric poles, transformers and towers. Hot and humid weather added to the problems of the cyclone-affected people in the state in the aftermath as the government faced the gigantic task of restoring power to households in the state.
"POWERGRID has successfully helped restore power in the quickest time possible with the use of state-of-the-art techniques like ERS (Emergency Restoration System), swift operation management and by pooling its about 1000 specialised manpower from the neighbouring states like West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh to assist state entities like OPTCL (Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited) and CESU (Central Electricity Supply Utility).
All the necessary help has been extended for the restoration of electricity in affected parts of the state," an official statement released by PowerGrid said. POWERGRID also extended help in the restoration of the communication network. "The PSU has created specific 24×7 control rooms at various strategic locations and its workforce has been working day and night for coordination between various state agencies, providing timely assistance and feedback to its teams and state entities at ground zero," the statement said.
As part of mitigation management and measures, POWERGRID arranged three high capacity DG Sets, large number of electric line poles, conductors and insulators and other line materials for Bhubaneswar, Puri, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur stores of CESU for quick restoration of power supply. Further, transformer oil and oil filtration units were arranged by POWERGRID at its Pandiabilli and Angul sub-stations to meet the requirement of distribution system restoration.
POWERGRID is also helping OPTCL in the restoration of 132-kV line to Puri over ERS which is expected to be charged in a day or two. A Navratna PSU under Ministry of Power, POWERGRID has been able to accelerate the power supply restoration works with its experience and expertise in handling natural calamities in addition to providing manpower and material to the affected state entities, the statement said.