Bhubaneswar, June 14 (LocalWire): With the southwest monsoon fast approaching Odisha, the state Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to prioritise repairing of urgent infrastructures damaged by the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani on May 3.
In a communication to the executive engineers of all five divisions in the city, PWD chief engineer for buildings Satya Ranjan Sethi has directed them to take up repair work of only urgent damaged items such as glass panels, windows and compound walls of the buildings that were damaged in the cyclone.
“As the monsoon is fast approaching, the sheet roofing also needs to be taken up on an urgent basis,” the directive issued by the chief engineer Sethi stated.
While the department has come up with an evaluation format based on which the works will be prioritized, it has also asked the engineers to report on the work daily for monitoring purposes.
As per the plan, the teams formed by each division will visit the damaged sites of any public buildings and come up with a report on the urgent infrastructure work needed for the same along with the estimate for the work.
The proposed plan will be verified and countersigned by occupants of the property following which the repair work will commence.
“We are planning to complete the urgent infrastructure work for the government buildings by the third week of June so that the monsoon will not affect the occupants as well as our repair work. Other infrastructure works will be taken up simultaneously,” a senior PWD official said.
It must be noted here that the Energy Department suffered damage to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore in the cyclone. Several other public buildings were also damaged due to the severe cyclone and the PWD is taking up repair work of all such offices and other educational institutions of the city.
“The technical team of the government has already prepared a report on the damage caused to our university in the cyclone. The major damage was done to the compound wall and we have requested that it should be repaired before the department takes up other repair works,” RD Women’s University vice-chancellor Padmaja Mishra said.