Even as the state government claimed that 100% power will be restored in Bhubaneswar by Sunday midnight, major parts of the city are still in darkness. Since power restoration is key to all other vital installations and services, telephone, internet, banking and ATM facilities is a far cry for the residents.
“Only 57% telecom towers are functioning by Sunday in Khurda district while 56% telecom towers are working in Bhubaneswar town only,” said information and public relation secretary Sanjay Singh. About 50% internet connectivity restored so far in the city, he added.
The telecom situation is worst in Puri district where only 34 % of telecom towers are operating while 18% of towers are working in Puri town. The telecom situation is quite better in Cuttack district with 70 % towers operating and 73% of towers working in the city. This is the situation despite the government’s claim that all master switching centres have been given power supply and operating. The government also claimed that 100% telephone exchanges in the affected districts are working.
“Development commissioner has been reviewing the progress of restoration work on a daily basis,” said Singh. Without internet services banking and ATM facilities have been badly hit in the capital.
Of the total 1184 ATMs in Khurda district, 412 are working while of the total 275 ATMs in Puri district only 41 are working, Singh informed.
Regarding restoration of power, Singh said, areas like Kanan Vihar, Baranga, and Uttara has some problem, which will be resolved shortly.
Meanwhile, the total death toll in cyclone Fani has reached 64 on Sunday with maximum 39 deaths reported in Puri district alone.
As many as 138 residential schools under ST and SC development department were damaged in the cyclone in 13 cyclone-affected districts. “The loss to the infrastructure in these schools would be around Rs 592.24 lakh,” Singh said. The State Tribal Museum in the city incurred a loss of Rs 1.2 crore, which was opened for public from Sunday.―Times of India