Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Electricity Board offered a helping hand to cyclone Fani hit Odisha. A team of KSEB employees are engaged in restoring power lines in Odisha which were damaged in the cyclone.
Braving the scorching heat, 94 employees are working in Puri and other places in Odisha. Though it has been two weeks since Cyclone Fani, Odisha government failed to restore power even in the capital city Bhubaneswar. Following this, KSEB staff boarded train to Odisha with equipment. It is reported that the Kerala government directed KSEB to deploy 200 staff to Odisha for the works.
When the deluge ravaged Kerala, Odisha was one among the states which supported Kerala. Odisha also contributed relief aid to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
When cyclone Fani ravaged Odisha, Hemant Sharma, energy secretary of Odisha had sought assistance of Kerala. Following this, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who is the chairman of Kerala Disaster Management Authority asked KSEB to send a team to Odisha.
KSEB employees who arrived at Odisha reported that the cyclone resulted in huge loss for electricity department. Over 15 lakh electric posts were broken down and power supply was completely disrupted. In most of the cities, power is not restored yet.
KSEB employees from Palakkad, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram led by deputy chief engineer Moses Rajkumar are engaged in the duty here. Another team of KSEB staff from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottarakkara, Alappuzha and Thrissur will arrive here in the coming days.
Each batch of KSEB employees on deputation here deployed for 10 days long work. The time period will be extended if the work is not completed. Officials from Palakkad KSEB circle were in the first team to Odisha.
KSEB chairman NS Pillai, KSDMA department principal secretary DR V Venu, and Kerala power department secretary Dr B Ashok summoned a meeting before deploying KSEB staff to Odisha on war time basis. The railway supported the mission by issuing tickets on time.
Earlier, an expert team from Kerala had gone to Tamil Nadu to restore the power lines destructed in cyclone Gaja.
KSEB chairman NS Pillai stated that it is the responsibility of Kerala to support Odisha who supported us during the floods.
“We can realize the pain of the people who faced the disaster. It is time to show empathy towards the people. Chief Minister who is presently at Geneva had inquired on the progress of work in Odisha,” said KSEB chairman.