Striking electricity department workers in Seemandhra region on Thursday allowed restoration of transmission and distribution of power in north coastal Andhra region that face cyclone Phalin threat.
Though the cyclone is expected to hit the coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradeep in neighboring Odisha cyclone warning centre in Visakhapatnam has said north coastal Andhra region comprising Visakhapatnam, Viziayanagaram, Srikakulam and East Godavari districts were in the danger zone.
Some coastal areas are already experiencing heavy to very heavy rain. Cyclone Phalin is expected to cross the coast on Saturday but Friday could see the brewing of a severe cyclonic storm.
“As a humanitarian gesture, we have decided to extend all cooperation to the government in restoration of power supplies,” said a regional convener of Joint Action Committee of electricity workers, N Ganapati on Thursday morning.
“There will be no disruption of power in these districts as also Nellore in south coastal Andhra,” he said.
Said E Babu Rao, deputy chief of the JAC in Seemandhra region, “We are still on strike. The strike has not been withdrawn as the government has not given any assurance on Untied Andhra Pradesh. Even though we are not getting salaries, we will cooperate with the government so that the people are not put to any difficulty during the time of an impending natural disaster,” he told local television channel.
The chief minister, Kiran Kumar had appealed to the striking electricity workers to return to work in view of the cyclone threat to coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the centre was mulling imposition of essential services maintenance act (ESMA) to mitigate the sufferings of the common man as also to prevent any disturbance to the southern grid that supplies power to four southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.