- EPDCL affected by Hudhud with losses of Rs 571 crores.
- 6000 employees divided into 250 teams were deployed for reconstruction of the Electricity network.
- 25% of Vizag came into normal power supply by Wednesday, 45% by Thursday.
- Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram will take time to rebuild.
Vizag has faced the worst natural disaster ever, bringing down the power to stand still for 4 days now in Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts. Supply lines for three districts from the important 135 KV substations in Port, Gajuwaka and Simhachalam have collapsed. By Tuesday morning Gajuwaka and Port substations were brought into normalcy.
Electricity is supplied to hospitals and water supply board through special lines using Generators and Traditional power. As per Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s direction, 4700 Electricity employees from 10 districts are working in Vizag to get power supply to whole city as soon as possible. In Godavari districts power supply came into normal within one day as the loss wasn’t high.
Materials required for rebuilding poles, transformers, and supply lines were from Tamilnadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka. CM Chandrababu Naidu along with power supply chief sectary Ajay Jain, AP Genco managing director, AP Transco CMD K. Vijayanad and other top regional officials are monitoring the work closely in Vizag.
With the majority of city getting power by Friday morning, compliments are showing from around that the power restoration by the govt is world class. A similar intense super cyclone Katrina hit USA, power was restored after more than 20 days.