Berhampur, May 9 (LocalWire): As many as 100 students and staff from Industrial Training Institute here left for Bhubaneswar to extend their help in restoration work, particularly to power and water supply sectors.
The power sector is severely affected due to Fani, which destroyed electrical infrastructures.
Even after six days of Fani making a landfall, several areas of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri are still without electricity
Shortage of skilled manpower was one of the major bottlenecks for restoration of electricity in the affected areas.
The government has roped in around 500 trained teachers and students of different government-run ITIs to help in the restoration work.
Around 90 students of different trades, mainly electricians, linemen and plumbers and 10 trained teachers led by principal Rajat Kumar Panigrahy will help Cesu Utility, the power distribution company.
‘Responding to the government order, we rushed to the cyclone-ravaged capital to work along with others,’ said Panigrahy. The students would also help repair the domestic appliances like tube-lights, motors, mixture grinders and refrigerators in private households.
‘Since people are finding it difficult to get skilled mechanics to repair these items, our students will help them,’ the principal said.
Besides rendering professional support to the cyclone hit people, the students will use this opportunity to gain practical knowledge on working during natural
calamities, he added.
‘It will be win-win for both the cyclone-affected people and the students of ITI,’ said Panigrahy.