With the sustained efforts of AP power sector officials, co-operation of other key depts. and continuous monitoring of the relief and restoration works by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on hourly basis, the power utilities have achieved 100% restoration of supply on war-footing basis in all Roanu cyclone prone areas within a very short span of 48 hours, which is a record in recent times. The utilities were alert in taking prior precautionary measures and conducted pole to pole survey in all affected areas including remote areas for quick restoration of power supply, duly taking up repairs and maintenance works on damaged poles, lines and Distribution Transformers on round the clock basis.
Disclosing these details, Ajay Jain, Prl. Secretary, Energy, I&I Dept, who is camping at Vijayawada and reviewing and monitoring the consumer calls received by 24X7 Emergency cells, during a teleconference with K Vijayanand, CMD/APTRANSCO, MD/APGENCO, K Ranganatham, Advisor, Energy, R Mutyala Raju, CMD/APEPDCL & H.Y. Dora, CMD/APSPDCL, Dinesh Paruchuri, Director/Finance/APTRANSCO said the AP power utilities were successful in meeting out all the eventualities caused due to cyclones, and their sincere efforts during HUDHUD cyclone in particular were appreciated countrywide. He said the supply was restored within three days in Visakhapatnam city and within 20 days in all the affected areas, recollected Ajay Jain.
The AP govt, which has learnt many lessons from devastating HUDHUD Cyclone has instructed all concerned to take up all foolproof arrangements for countering the cyclone damages like laying of underground cables, procurement of Emergency Restoration System (ERS) towers and so on. Accordingly, at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, of which the World Bank was extending Rs 400 crore, laying of around 7,000 km Under Ground cabling is under process at Visakhapatnam city and will be taken up in all major coastal cities soon. This major step will help the DISCOMs as not only a disaster-proof but also minimizes pilferage, and reduces maintenance work. The power utilities have also procured 2 Nos. of Emergency Restoration tower sets with an investment of around Rs.40 Crs, which are kept available at Nellore & Visakhapanam districts, for quick restoration of supply in the event of collapse of EHTtowers (Extra High Volatge), and also aids in taking up maintenance works without interruption of power to consumers, said Jain
The CMDs of DISCOMs have informed the Prl. Secretary that they have personally visited many affected substations & lines and monitored the power restoration works. The required emergency material such as transformers, poles, conductor, insulators, tower parts spares, etc. and other equipment necessary for restoration works are kept ready as spares in stores, and these steps have aided in quick restoration of supply. The CMD/EPDCL have informed that nearly 16lakh domestic and agricultural services were effected and power supply was interrupted in around 800 villages and the supply was restored completely today.