Puri, May 28 (LocalWire): Despite government assurance to restore electricity at the earliest, Puri residents continue to live in darkness since cyclone Fani knocked out power supply on May 3.
The blistering heat and humidity have compounded their problems, particularly for children, who are the worst sufferers. “The electricity department had promised us to restore power by May 30 but that is unlikely to happen due to the slow progress of work. We are suffering a lot,” said Bishnu, a Puri resident.
Even in important areas like VIP Road, City Road and Baliapanda, the supply has been irregular, alleged another resident. “We are living in a pitiable condition. Mosquitoes and flies don’t let us sleep at night. Children are not been able to study. Our lives have become miserable,” said a City Road resident.
In areas like Satyabadi, Chandanpur, Brahmagiri, Konark and Nimapara, the supply hasn’t been fully restored, she added.
However, P.K. Sahu, engineer at the Puri Electricity Division, refuted the charges: “The cable work on VIP road will be finished in a day or two. New poles are being erected. It will take two to three days.”
“Some 40,000 households, or 80% consumers, in the city have already got their power supply as per deadline set by the department,” Sahu added.