AP on cyclone alert; officials kept handy
Vijayawada: In view of the severe cyclone Vardha hitting the coast between Nellore and Chennai resulting in heavy rains associated with a furious wind speed of around 140 KMPH, the Andhra Pradesh Government has alerted the official machinery, especially the power sector.
As per the instructions of Chief Minister N. Chandra Babu Naidu, foolproof arrangements have been made to restore power supply to the damaged areas within six hours, said Principal Secretary to the state government, Energy, I&I and CRDA, Ajay Jain.
Addressing power sector officials in APSPDCL which covers the cyclone affected districts of Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa and Prakasam, and APTRANSCO in a focused teleconference, Ajay Jain directed the engineers and staff in the four districts to remain vigilant and on high alert to tackle Vardha.
Ajay Jain also said that to avoid delay in the restoration works, the material is to be kept ready by loading on to the vehicles for quick transportation. He further directed to pool up more labour force from the nearby areas of Nellore district and kept them ready in different mandals.
APSPDCL Chairman & Managing Director H.Y. Dora apprised the Principal Secretary of required men and material.
Railway Helpline numbers
Meanwhile, South Central Railway has geared itself to remain on high alert and handle any exigencies. Accordingly, telephone help Lines have been activated at Vijayawada, Nellore, Gudur and Guntakal railway stations to disseminate information to rail passengers as below:
Vijayawada: 0866 – 2575038 ; Nellore: 0861 – 2345864; 07702774104 ; Gudur: 09704506841; Guntakal: 08852 – 229780; 09701374086
Alert in Tirumala, Tirupati
With the meteorological department sounding heavy rains in Tirumala for the next two days due to cyclone effect, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao alerted vigilance, forest and engineering wings of TTD to be more cautious on both ghat roads.
Two JCBs with one stationed at Mokalimettu and another at Alipiri were kept ready by TTD to remove boulders if any. A team of officials with a deputy executive engineer, vigilance officer and a forest officer have also been constituted for surveillance by TTD. -NSS