Tata Power sends team of engineers, technicians to energise lives in cyclone hit Odisha

Published: May 14, 2019, 1:02 pm IST

Tata Power-DDL has sent a team of engineers and technicians to cyclone-ravaged Odisha to bring the state’s power situation back on rails.

Nearly 10 million people in Odisha are grappling with the inconvenience of disruption in power supply in the aftermath of the Cyclone Fani which ravaged the state at a speed of 200 km per hour on May 3. As per government estimate, most of coastal Odisha, including capital Bhubaneswar, witnessed uprooting of 100,000 electricity poles, several substations and low transmission lines that have been completely damaged.

In such a scenario, Tata Power is contributing its bit towards bringing back lives on track in the state, it said in an emailed statement to UNI in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Tata Power-DDL has sent a team comprising 25 engineers and technicians from its regular Operations to assist the Odisha Government in resurrecting the damaged power network.

Before leaving for Odisha, the team took stock of the situation to understand the extent of damage via reports from the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Odisha state administration.

Praveer Sinha, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “As an integral part of the Tata Group, we always endeavor to stand by the fellow Indians in need. After the global recognition to the country for successfully managing the cyclone, let us all join hands in resurrecting Odisha with our concentrated efforts. Our team of engineers and technicians along with equipment has already reached Odisha and is helping in faster restoration of power supplies”.

Sanjay Banga. CEO, Tata Power -DDL, said, “The early restoration of power supply significantly contributes towards the faster relief and rehabilitation work. It not only restores public confidence but also sends a message that things are under control. We’re happy to give our contribution for a faster recovery of Odisha,” the release quoted him as saying.

Tata Power Solar has also distributed over 4000 solar lanterns to villagers in order to provide immediate relief.

Tata Power’s team is being assisted by Tata Steel Kalinganagar and JUSCO for the restoration of electrical lines. Air Vistara has also extended its full air travel and freight support for the team. Tata Trusts and Tata Projects Community Development Trust are helping by providing drinking water supply to the affected areas. (UNI)