Cyclone Vardah that hit Chennai this Monday crippled Chennai’s infrastructure bringing everyday life to a grinding halt. Vardah uprooted more than 10,000 trees in Arignar Anna Zoological Park on the outskirts of Chennai. Electricity minister P Thangamani said over 10,000 electric poles and 40 transformers had been brought down by Vardah. Over 6000 Tamil Nadu Electricity Board employees and 3000 more from neighboring districts have been roped in to restore power. The power situation has improved since Monday, when majority of Chennai had to face total black out. The power outage added to the already existing demonetization woes, leaving ATMs out of action.
Power continues to be down in a number of localities in Chennai but officials have been working hard to restore power by fixing transformers and electric poles that went down during the rains. Power restoration is on continuously and all complaints are being addressed by the Government. Electricity has been partly restored in Valasaravakkam, Vadapalani, Porur, Koovur, Santhome, Anna Salai, Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thirumangalam. Also, power has been partly restored in Thiruvanmiyur, IIT, Alandur, KKNagar, Guindy,
Alwarthirunagar, ICF, Koyambedu market, Kottivakkam market and Tidel Park.
Government is working full swing and wants to restore power in Chennai Corporation area as soon as possible. Over 9000 personnel are working tirelessly to restore power. Power has already been restored in Ekkatutangal, Moovarasampet, St Thomas Mt, Kodambakkam, Ashok Nagar, Ramasamy Salai, PT Rajan Salai, Avadi, Madipakkam, Gerugambakkam, Madhanandapuram, Lakshmi Nagar, Iyyappanthangal, Karambakkam, Kundrathur Road and Luz. Power has also been restored in Mylapore, Royapettah, Abiramapuram, MRC nagar, Mandaveli, RA Puram, Adayar, Velachery, Kottivakkam, Siruseri, Tiruvanmiyur,Besant Nagar,Indira Nagar, Mogappair,Arumbakkam, Maduravoyal, Thiruverkadu, Shenoy Nagar. Other places to see power back in action are Mambalam, Kodambakkam, KK Nagar, High Court, Ambattur, Anna Nagar, Mambakkam, Royapettah, MMDA and Koyambedu.
It looks like the power restoration will continue for few more days. Restoring over 10,000 poles and 40 transformers is no trivial task. And the Chennai Government is doing everything its power to see that power is restored to all parts of the city.