BANGALORE : Employees of several electricity supply companies in the state will lend their expertise to regions of Andhra Pradesh which have been wrecked by Cyclone Hudhud.
The Bangalore ESCOM has sent a team which includes a Superintending Engineer (SE), 17 engineers and 122 linemen. This team is equipped with 15 trucks as well as a crane and will work to restore power in Visakhapatnam, a statement from the energy utility said.
On Tuesday, another team with six trucks and 86 transformers, accompanied by 140 linemen left for Vizag. On Wednesday, 114 additional transformers were sent. The move comes after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asked Energy Minister D K Shivakumar to supervise Karnataka’s aid efforts in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh where heavy rains and gusty winds have severely affected power supply in Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, East and West Godavari and Vizianagaram districts.
Teams from other ESCOMS of the state have also been dispatched and a total of 422 transformers, 20 trucks, one crane accompanied by 147 linemen, 21 engineers and two SEs have been sent from all the ESCOMs so far. The teams will stay in the area for at least 10 days before taking stock of the situation. If needed, they will stay for longer and assist the local administration in restoring power as soon as possible, the statement said.