24,000 power transmission towers, electric poles uprooted in 4 dust storms that swept UP


24,000 power transmission towers, electric poles uprooted in 4 dust storms that swept UP

Hit by four rounds of thunderstorms in Agra and its surrounding districts, the Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (DVVNL) is found to have lost 24,000 transmission towers and electric poles. The findings came to light after the discom’s latest audit which has pegged the damages at over Rs 24 crore. High-speed winds accompanied by rain on April 11, May 2, 9 and 13 had crippled power supply infrastructure across west UP, especially Agra district.

Senior officials of the state-owned power corporation said the worst spells of storm were witnessed on April 11 and May 2 which alone had damaged 22,000 towers. Discom officials are yet to ascertain the cost of labour and other charges incurred during replacement of these towers.

Managing director of DVVNL, S K Verma, said, “This has been one of the biggest losses caused by a natural disaster. Out of the 21 districts in our jurisdiction, Agra, Mathura and Firozabad were the worst affected. On April 11, around 11,000 transmission and electric poles had fallen in Mathura, Agra and Firozabad.

Close to 13,000 towers fell in Kanpur Nagar, Auraiya, Firozabad, Agra, Mathura and other districts on May 2.” Officials also said that Naujheel area in Mathura and Fatehabad in Agra had reported the most number of damaged towers. Read More

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