Panaji: Heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds, lightning and thunder, that lashed Goa for last two-days, has caused loss to the tune of Rs 25-30 crore to the electricity department, Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar has claimed.
Admitting that there was a severe power crisis across the State, Madkaikar said that major losses were caused in the areas of Mapusa, Ponda, Salcete and Tiswadi and that the department has tried to restore the power back in most of these places, whereas power in the remaining area would be restored by evening.
“Last two days unexpected rains have created a huge loss to the tune of Rs 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 and damaged. Poles were uprooted at many places while cables were broken, Madkaikar claimed.
In the wee hours of Thursday from 2.30 am till 7.00 am power cut was reported in major towns of Goa, while the village and rural areas remained in dark without electricity for more than 24-30 hours or almost two days.
The Met Department has warned of heavy rains and gusty winds for next couple of days.