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 24x7 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.