Cesc to send 230-member strong team to cyclone-hit Odisha | Mysuru News

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Mysuru: Nature’s fury having plunged swathes of Odisha in darkness – electricity infrastructure in several parts of the state, including its capital Bhubaneshwar, has broken down completely – governments and state agencies across the country are standing in solidarity with the beleaguered state, as it recovers from the ravages of the cyclone Fani. Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (Cesc), the agency entrusted with the responsibility of power distribution in the Old Mysore Region, too has decided to extend a hand to Odisha in these testing times. Cesc is deputing as many 230 of its personnel, both skilled and unskilled, to Odisha to help restore power to that state.
Cesc authorities said that the team being dispatched to Odisha will comprise technical experts, some of whom were part of the post-disaster operations undertaken to restore power in the flood-hit regions of Kodagu. Besides being loaded with the necessary technical instruments, the team is carrying other basic commodities, which they believe might come to the aid of the victims such as biscuits, blankets and mosquito nets. However, Cesc management officials have clarified that none of its employees working in Kodagu is part of the team that will leave for Odisha. The rain having started in Kodagu, Cesc has decided to retain the entire workforce in the hilly district to deal with emergencies.
Managing director of Cesc’s Mysuru division HN Gopal Krishna said that although the team was ready to leave for Odisha a few days ago, the departure was delayed owing to unspecified reasons. “But the team is ready to leave now. The 230 Cesc personnel will leave for Odisha by a special train from Mysuru,” Krishna told TOI.
Team to stay for 20 days
The Cesc executive added that the 230-member strong team would stay in Odisha for 20 days. Krishna said that Cesc had relayed to the Karnataka government a request made by the electricity supply companies in Odisha for technical equipment. “We are waiting for the government’s directions. However, our employees will go to Odisha loaded with all the necessary safety gear including helmets and gloves,” said Krishna, adding that personnel presently working in Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan and Mysuru districts were part of the team that was going to Odisha.
Cesc officials said that technical experts who had played a key role when Kodagu was in spate last year were being sent to Odisha owing to their familiarity with such testing conditions. “The Cesc contingent will work in teams, and there will be a leader for a team of 20. Our aim is to help our counterparts in Odisha lift the veil of darkness that has descended on that state in the aftermath of Fani,” a senior Cesc official said.
Vigilance wing acts tough against power theft
Cracking down on power theft in the Mysuru division, Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (Cesc) has collected a sum of Rs 1.23 crore in fines and penalty. The agency has identified a whopping 247 instances of electricity theft in March and April. The theft of power came to light in the wake of raids conducted by the vigilance wing of Cesc’s Mysuru division in Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Hassan and Kodagu districts.
Individual houses, industrial units and those who had availed of temporary connections were among those on Cesc’s radar. Appealing to the public to come forward if they were in possession of any knowledge about power theft, a Cesc official said, “The informer’s identity will remain a secret. They will not be registered as witnesses for these cases.”
Superintendent of Cesc’s vigilance wing Rashmi Paraddi pointed out that power stealing was a punishable offence. “Inquiry into these offences will be held at special courts. Those who provide us with vital information on power theft will be rewarded,” said Rashmi.

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