Berhampur, July 3 (LocalWire): Berhampur MP Chandra Sekhar Sahu sought special financial assistance from the Centre to build underground power network
in the cyclone-prone coastal towns for uninterrupted power supply and also save the infrastructure during nature’s fury.
The present elevated power supply network is vulnerable to nature’s wrath and is vulnerable to recurring cyclones. Implementation of the Disaster Resilient Power Supply scheme is necessary, he said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Sahu said the state government led by Naveen Patnaik has taken various steps to save lives at the time of the disasters and its efforts were globally recognised.
The Centre too provided assistance for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction after the natural disaster.
But as a preventive measure, to save the power installations, there was need for underground power cabling in the coastal towns of Balasore, Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Gopalpur, he said.
The state government had planned underground power cabling in Berhampur, Chhatrapur and Gopalpur soon after cyclone Phailin, that hit the district in 2013, with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank.
The disaster resilient power system for Ganjam, the worst affected district during Phailin was estimated to cost Rs 1,820 crore.
The project was to be part financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a contribution of Rs 615 crore.
The project, however, did not get the environment clearance from the Central ministry of forest and environment.