Fani restoration: Odisha govt misses power restoration deadline; protests continue

Bhubaneswar: For residents of several localities in Bhubaneswar, coping up with the post cyclone Fani problems and getting their lives back on track has now become a herculean task owing to lack of power supply even for the past 11 days. Moreover, Odisha government’s tall claims of restoring power supply in Bhubaneswar by May 12 have also fallen flat.

As power is yet to be restored in several pockets of the smart city, resentment is brewing among people as they are facing numerous problems due to intense heat and humid conditions. What has disconcerted the people is the fact that the administrative officials are unable to fix the exact date of power supply restoration.

The residents of Jalimunda slum near Patia are among the worst affected. The locals hit the streets to press for immediate restoration of power, but their grievances so far has fallen on deaf ears.

The scenes at Kalarahanga near Patia Railway Station, Injana and other nearby areas are also no different. The locals had blocked the Patia-Manchewar- KIIT road over lack of power supply. The villagers alleged that the officials are reluctant to complete the power restoration work even after the locals procured electric poles and even installed them on their own.

Not only Bhubaneswar, power restoration is yet to be completed in several other parts of the State including Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Cuttack. Locals had blocked the Kandarpur-Jagatsinghpur road near Tarikunda over delay in power restoration.

After reviewing the acute power crisis in Fani-hit areas today, Union Power secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “Post cyclone situation has been reviewed. It is not possible to set a deadline as restoration is taking time.”

Odisha Information and Public Relations Secretary, Sanjay Kumar Singh on the other hand said, “There are still problems in several pockets where power supply is yet to be restored. CESU officials are on the job to restore power supply.”