Panaji: Heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds, lightning and thunder, that lashed the State for last two-days, has caused loss to the tune of Rs 25-30 crore to the electricity department, Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar said today.
Admitting that there were severe power crisis across the State, Madkaikar said that major loses were caused in the areas of Mapusa, Ponda, Salcete and Tiswadi and that the department has tried to restore the power back in the most of these places whereas power in the remaining area would be restored by today evening.
“Last two days unexpected Rains have created a huge loss to the tune of 25 to 30 Crores to the Power Department. It’s a major loss especially in areas of Mapusa, Ponda, Salcete, Tiswadi. I appreciate that my department has tried their best to restore back power in most of the areas working day and night. By today evening power would also be restored in the remaining areas too,” Minister said.
Power transformers, transmitter transformers, poles and overhead cables were affected. Poles were uprooted at many places while cables were broken.
On the wee hours of Thursday from 2.30am till 7.00 am the power cut was reported in major towns, while village and rural areas remained in dark for more than 24-30 hours.
The Met Department has warned of heavy rains and gusty winds for next couple of days.