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Electricity infrastructure worth Rs 5 Crore damaged: Power Secy

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BY TC News Desk

Agartala, 30th May 2024:   Cyclone Remal, which has wreaked havoc in Tripura, has destroyed electricity infrastructure worth Rs 5 crores in the state. Addressing a press conference, Power Department Secretary Abhishek Singh said that Cyclone Remal caused extensive damage across the state, with the power and agriculture sectors being the most affected.

“According to preliminary calculations, the electricity department has suffered losses amounting to more than Rs 5 crores. There has been no loss of life in the state so far, thanks to the administration’s advance preparations to deal with Cyclone Remal. However, the impact of the cyclone has caused extensive damage to the power system in all the districts of the state. About 550 km of transmission lines were damaged, 850 power poles were damaged, and over 100 transformers were damaged. At present, 994 employees of the contractor company, along with employees of the electricity department, are working to restore electricity service in the state,” he said.

The official further informed that approximately 60 percent of the electricity pole repair work has already been completed, and the repair and replacement of the remaining poles will be completed quickly.

“The secretary also mentioned that people from all over the state are calling the power department to address their various problems. Necessary steps are being taken by the department to resolve all issues expeditiously,” he told reporters.

He added that various departments, including the forest department, SDRF, NDRF, and the state administration, are working together to normalize the electricity service in the state.

In a press conference, State Project Officer of the State Disaster Management Authority, Sarat Das, said that the administration, along with disaster management teams, is taking initiatives to assess the state-wide damage caused by Cyclone Remal and to maintain normalcy.

He mentioned that, according to the information received so far, 1,574 houses have been damaged by Cyclone Remal. Currently, 12 relief camps are functioning across the state.

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