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Power supply restored in all rain-affected areas

Staff Reporter

Over 500 teams of Eastern Discom pull off a feat working round the clock


  • SEs were alerted as soon as cyclone warning was sounded
  • Special relief squads pressed into action
  • Discom loss put atRs. 13 crores
  • Train services continue to be disrupted



    PASSENGER-FRIENDLY: The RTC operated special buses towards Rajahmundry to clear passengers stranded at the Visakhapatnam Railway Station on Wednesday.-- Photo: K.R. Deepak

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (EPDCL) has restored power supply to all sub-stations after the disruption caused by the cyclonic storm. Working on a war-footing, the EPDCL relief teams took immediate measures and restored supply in all the 303 affected sub-stations by Wednesday.

    As soon as the cyclone warning was sounded, Superintendent Engineers (Operation) of the EPDCL area comprising the north Coastal and Godavari districts were alerted to take all precautionary measures. However, the cyclone has damaged power lines both and equipment in both urban and rural areas and uprooted trees disrupting supply.

    Heavy damage

    As many as 184 33 kv feeders, 1,163 kv feeders, 33 towns, 182 mandals, more than 5,000 villages, hamlets and colonies were affected in EPDCL area. Over 500 teams worked round-the-clock to restore supply.

    Post-cyclone, special relief squads have been pressed into service for rectification of damage since the early hours of Monday. Supply has been restored to all towns, mandal headquarters and villages by 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Efforts are being made to restore supply to the rest of the villages, says an EPDCL release.

    A tentative estimate puts the damages to EPDCL at Rs. 13 crores, according to the Director (Operations).

    The following is the list of 33/11 kv sub-stations, 33 kv feeders and 11 kv feeders that were affected and restored: Of the 371 33/11 kv sub-stations in the five districts, 303 were affected and 301 were restored.

    As many as 184 of the 229 33 kv feeders were affected and 183 restored. Of the 1,418 11 kv feeders, 1,163 were affected and 987 were restored.

    Train services to different places continued to be hit for the second consecutive day due to breaches on the Vijayawada--Kazipet and Vijayawada--Visakhapatnam sections.

    According to a spokesman for East Coast Railways (ECoR), hectic work is under way to restore normal operation.

    An enquiry counter was set up on platform No. 1.

    Enquiry counter

    The following is the list of express trains cancelled on Wednesday from the originating stations: 7007 Visakhapatnam--Hyderabad Godavari, 8563 Visakhapatnam--Bangalore Prasanthi, 1020 Bhubaneswar- Mumbai Konark, 2717 Visakhapatnam--Vijayawada Ratnachal, 7479 Puri--Tirupati, 8561 Visakhapatnam--Nizamuddin Link, 7015 Bhubaneswar--Secunderabad Visakha, 6004 Chennai--Howrah Mail, 2703 Howrah--Secunderabad Faluknama, 2842 Chennai--Howrah Coromandel, 2841 Howrah--Chennai Coromandel, 8003 Howrah--Yeshvantpur, 7045 Howrah--Hyderabad, 6358 Howrah-Nagarckoil, 6003 Howrah--Chennai Mail and 1019 Mumbai--Bhubaneswar Konark.

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