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Odisha Chief Secretary reviewed the preparedness of the Electric power Distribution Companies for quick restoration of power supply

Bhubaneswar:12/6/23:  Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena today reviewed the preparedness of the Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) for quick restoration of power supply in aftermath of Kalabaisakhi, Thunder storm etc. ACS, Energy Nikunja Bihari Dhal, Director (Regulatory), OERC, CEOs & COOs of the DISCOMs, MD, GRIDCO and Director (F&CA), GRIDCO attended the meeting.

Jena mentioned that as per IMD predications, the extreme heat wave condition in the State shall continue, which may cause increase in power disruptions. Therefore, the DISCOMs need to have adequate measures in place to prevent frequent power disruptions and ensure quick restoration.

CEOs of the DISCOMs apprised about requisite mobilization of manpower & material to meet these exigencies. DISCOMs also informed about enhanced capacity of Customer Call Centers and dedicated teams engaged for responding to consumer’s grievances in social media. DISCOMs stated that Capex proposals for system strengthening are submitted for OERC approval.

ACS, Energy apprised that, Energy Department has instructed DISCOMs for gearing up the pre-monsoon tree pruning activity, so as to minimize damage due to cyclones, nor’westers etc. He further advised the DISCOMs to put up good quality insulators in coastal areas and replace damaged insulators, so that conductor snapping can be avoided.

In view of the scorching heat and high humidity, the DISCOMs have been instructed to ensure various activities as per their Disaster Management Plan. The DISCOMs were also advised to be more active in social media. The response should be quick & specific to the issues raised in various platforms.

OPTCL & DISCOMs were also advised to prepare long-term Transmission & Distribution plan for next 10-15 year demand growth & industrialization. Instead of yearly Capex plan, DISCOMs were advised to submit multi-year Capex plan, preferably for 3-5 years.

DISCOMs were further advised to make an action plan for meeting the projected load growth in various municipal corporation areas/ ULBs, viz. Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Balasore, Berhampur, Sambalpur& Rourkela etc., as well as in rural areas.

Since DISCOMs have proposed to take up various system improvement works under their CAPEX plan, the OERC was requested to take note of urgency and accord necessary approval of the same.

DISCOMs have been advised to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the ensuing car festival of Lord Shri Jagannath throughout the State.

DISCOMs should run 24×7 Control Room to monitor the restoration works by the Business Associates. BAs must provide adequate manpower & equipment such as pole erectors/ pole masters, DG sets, inflatable tower lights etc.to work in shifts.

Performance of DISCOM Divisions, Sub-Divisions & Sections must be monitored regularly & inefficiencies in the system must be removed.

In case of specific problems requiring a delayed resolution, adequate information may be given to the consumers well in advance. However, such situations shall be avoided or reduced to bare minimum.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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