As the Odisha coast was hit by cyclone Fani, Power Grid Corporation of India (POWERGRID) played a major role in quick restoration of power supply in the state.
Reportedly, the strongest tropical cyclone to hit an Indian coast in last 20 years devastated the coastal areas of Odisha, causing massive damage to the power supply infrastructure uprooting lakhs of electric poles, transformers and collapse of towers. Hot and humid weather added to the problems of the cyclone-affected people in the state, with the government facing a gigantic task of restoring power to houses.
Restoring towards normalcy
POWERGRID has helped to restore power through the use of state-of-the-art techniques like ERS (Emergency Restoration System), swift operation management and by pooling about 1,000 of its specialised manpower from neighbouring states like Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
As part of mitigation management and measures, POWERGRID arranged three high capacity DG sets, large number of electric line poles, conductors and insulators for Bhubaneswar, Puri, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur stores of CESU. Transformer oil and filtration units were arranged at its Pandiabilli and Angul sub-stations.
The organisation is also helping OPTCL in restoration of 132 kV line to Puri over ERS which is expected to be charged in a day or two.