Berhampur, Feb 24 (localWire): Southco, the power distribution company has identified around 6,975 vulnerable locations in its distribution area limits and sought around Rs 130-crore from the government to fix power infrastructure.
Southco is currently distributing power in eight south districts of Odisha, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Malkanagiri and Nabarangapur.
The company conducted a detailed survey on vulnerable locations in its area following the direction of the government after 11 persons were electrocuted at Mendarajpur in Ganjam district on February 9, when a bus carrying them caught with the 33-kv sagging livewire.
Southco officials have presented the estimate before the state’s energy minister, Dibya Shankar Mishra, who conducted a review on safety measures during his visit to Berhampur on Sunday.
“We have sought the funds for increasing the height of the sagging wires, pole replacement, re-installation of transformers located near the schools, Anganwadi centers, heightening of the wires on the road”, said Senior General Manager of Southco, Jogesh Chandra Panda.
Minister has assured to provide assistance from the government to take safety measures, he said.
Earlier, the minister visited Dankalapadu, the village where 9 out of 11 persons died in the mishap and handed over the compensation amount to the family members of the deceased persons.