As power and water remained elusive in most cyclone-ravaged areas of coastal Odisha for the eighth day in a row despite the government’s efforts to give restoration a push, protests broke out in several places on Friday to press for quick action.
Cyclone Fani battered the coastal districts on May 3 but only half of the over 4.5 lakh electricity consumers in Bhubaneswar have got power supply back at a time when the state is sizzled under an intense heat wave.
Police said a large number of people staged a road blockade near Garage Chhak in the state capital demanding the quick restoration of power supply which was severely hit due to the uprooting of 1.56 lakh electric poles in the city alone.
“We were scared as angry demonstrators threatened and tried to attack us. We have sought protection from the police,” said N K Sahu, a CESU officer.
As similar incidents took place in some other places, police personnel have been deployed at the control room of the CESU and some of its major offices as a precautionary measure, an official said.
Chief Secretary A P Padhi, who held a video conference with Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, said around 50 per cent of the consumers in Bhubaneswar is now getting electricity.
“We have prepared a roadmap for electrification. With additional manpower from other states available, restoration work is picking up,” he said adding there has been a substantial improvement in telecom sector too.
Information and Public Relations Secretary Sanjay Singh said 100 per cent restoration of power supply in Bhubaneswar is expected to be achieved by Sunday.
Source – NDTV