Restoration of power supply in Kolkata and the sub-urban areas has been a major concern since cyclone Amphan devastated 16 districts of West Bengal affecting nearly eight crore people on May 20.
State home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay on Tuesday said that CESC and WBSEDCL — that supply power in Kolkata and in the districts outside — have informed the state administrative headquarters, Nabanna, that though a majority of the work has been done, restoration work has not been completed yet.
In Kolkata, the south eastern part of the city – around Kasba, near Ruby Hospital, Panchasayar, Regent Park, Santoshpur Netaji Nagar, Bansdroni, Tollygunge, and in the south western part of Kolkata – Parnasree, Sarsuna in Behala – power in some pockets are still to be restored and remain an area of concern. Outside Kolkata, parts of Pujali, Budge Budge and other areas in North and South 24 Parganas, Hooghly are also to see complete restoration of power supply.
The state owned power distribution agency WBSEDCL has said that all 58 damaged transmission sub-stations have been restored, and 259 distribution sub stations have been restored out 273 damaged sub stations.
Bandyopadhay said that the state government is putting pressure on CESC to restore power in these areas at the earliest. He said that the CESC has informed the government that they have brought in teams from Rajasthan. The home secretary added that among the 103 municipal towns under WBSEDCL, power has been restored in 94 towns. In the remaining nine towns namely Budge Budge, Pujali, Rajpur-Sonarpur, Jaynagar, Baduria, Hasnabad, Habra, Ashoknagar, Gobardanga, the power supplier agency has not claimed significant progress though restoration work is on in full swing and they are hopeful that power will be restored soon in majority of these areas.