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Odisha CM seeks relaxation in NDRF norms for restoring power

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen on Thursday requested to relax (NDRF) norms to provide the actual cost of restoration of the entire caused by cyclone Fani.

In a letter, he said that the in cyclone-affected districts has been extensively damaged but "according to the present norms for the repair of damaged power sector, assistance is given for damaged conductors, poles and transformers up to the level of 11KV only".

"Even the scale of assistance for the admissible items is highly inadequate," said.

As per the preliminary report, the extent of damage to the is estimated to the tune of Rs 1,160 crore. The damage includes the transmission lines, grid substations, 33 KV poles, power transformers and primary substations.

"The transmission and distribution companies are not in a position to finance the restoration work. The has undertaken the restoration of power infrastructure on a war footing basis from its own resources. However the scale of damage to the power infrastructure is far too extensive to be taken care of by the alone," the said.

Besides the large scale damage to 11 KV lines, distribution transformers and admissible for repair and restoration under norms, extensive damage has also been caused to 220 KV and 132 and transmission lines, grid substations and power transformers, added.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 22:28 IST