The festive spirit is already lost. Puja pandals wore a deserted look throughout the day. They were either broken or collapsed due to the impact of Cyclone Phailin last night. The fallen trees on roads and residential areas have been cleared. But, the administration has a big challenge – to restore the power services.
Many trees were uprooted during the cyclone. In addition, the electric poles were also damages and cables were cut to make the matter worse. People are having a tough time to cope up with the power outage. Apart from hotels, malls, food outlets and many other utilities services providers, power outage has also affected the fuel stations, banks, ATMs and private nursing homes.
Power distributor CESU (Central Electricity Supply Utility) is confident that power will be partially restored in Bhubaneswar by Sunday night. By Monday, things should be back to normal, as the CESU employees are working on a war-footing to restore the services.
However, some areas on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar such as Hanspal, Uttara, Balakati, Balianta, Kalarahanga and Sundarpada may not be able to get complete power before Tuesday unless utmost urgency is shown by the officials.