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Even after 7 days of Cyclone Fani, nobody has come to Industrial Estate Khapuria in Cuttack: OASME

image Even after 7 days of Cyclone Fani, nobody has come to Industrial Estate Khapuria in Cuttack: OASME

Bhubaneswar, May 10 (KNN) Industries including Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are in a bad shape after the extremely the severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ had hit Odisha on May 3, 2019. The industries are facing severe challenges in running their industrial units without water and power.

OASME, which stands for Odisha Assembly of Small and Medium Enterprises, in a tweet alleged that even after seven days of Cyclone Fani, nobody including CMC Cuttak or Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) or the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have come to the industrial estate of Cuttack.

“After 7 days of #CycloneFani no body ⁦‪@CMCCuttack⁩ ,ODRAF, NDRF s has came to Industrial Estate , Khapuria , Cuttack. Really shame on you . Despite of repeated requests even a pump is not installed by ⁦‪@CMCCuttack⁩ to clear the water.‪@CMO_Odisha⁩ don't expect anything from us,” OASME tweet said.

Speaking with KNN India, industrialists from Cuttack district expressed their serious concerns over the prevailing situation in Odisha after Cyclone Fani. They revealed that industries are hard hit by the cyclone in Odisha and are facing severe challenges in starting their operations again. The monetary loss is unimaginable and hard to recover.

Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are the mostly affected areas due to cyclone Fani and have suffered huge loss in monetary terms, said Gouri Sankar Dash, Chairman of Odisha Assembly of Small and Medium Enterprises (OASME).

He said thousands of industrial units are reeling under the after effects of cyclone Fani as they have no resources to restart their industries again.

“There is no electricity and water and as many as 200-250 industrial units are closed,” said Pratyush Maharana, properitor of Biswakarma Industries, Industrial Estate, Khapuria, Madhupatana, Cuttack.

Due to damages suffered by industries after cyclone, industrialists have not paid wages to the labourers, he added.

Along with power and telecom infrastructure, banking facilities including ATM services have been affected in the cyclone affected areas.

As power supply is key to operation of water supply, banking service, telecom service, health service and ATM operations, a state government spokesman said, "We will be able to fully restore power supply in the state capital by 12 May".

Cyclone Fani has damaged five 400 kv towers, 21 130 kv towers, four 220 kv grids, and four 132 kv grids in Puri. Similarly, 5,030 kilometers of 33 kv lines, 38613 kms of 11 kv line, 11077 distribution transformers, and 79485 kms of low tension lines have been damaged in the calamity.

Over 1.56 lakh new electric poles have been uprooted in the extremely severe Cyclone Fani.

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