The author is a former Indian diplomat living in Visakhapatnam
VISAKHAPATNAM: Rajahmundry, the nearest coastal town to Vizag, has been turned into a backup facility for some IT firms located in the Steel City. With power supply yet to be restored fully, IT firms, which have been badly hit by the cyclone, have shifted base to temporarily.
Sources said the firms were under severe pressure from their clients to meet deadlines or pay for losses caused due to delay in completing projects. As the companies have lost most of their infrastructure, they were forced to set up temporary base in Rajahmundry.
“These companies could not have afforded to pay for the losses which is in crores of rupees particularly after facing the wrath of Hudhud. As many of these companies are small in size, it is easier for them to rent temporary offices in Rajahmundry rather than running offices on generators,” sources said. Adding to the delay in power restoration, the ambiguity over restoration of internet connectivity also prompted the companies to shift base. It is learnt that the IT firms will come back to Visakhapatnam immediately after power is restored to Rushikonda IT Park.
“IT companies in Visakhapatnam have been working under tough circumstances. Despite our pleas to develop an alternative power supply line and internet connectivity, the government did not respond. Had it done so, we could have saved the business,” said BV Prasad, secretary of Visakhapatnam IT Association.
Vizagites may have to wait at least till Saturday to bid adieu to the dark ages, even as those in the rest of north coastal Andhra Pradesh may have a wait of another week or so to finally the see light, if the authorities are to be believed.
Cyclone Hudhud cut off power supply to nearly 22 lakh consumers of Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (EPDCL) in the three districts, including 7.5 lakh consumers in Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation(GVMC) limits and as on Thursday only 2.5 lakh consumers of the three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam received power, leaving the remaining 19.5 lakh consumers in the dark.
On Day 3, People Still Struggle For Power, Water & Food
Manish & V Kamalakara Rao
As if the battering by cyclone Hudhud was not enough, the insensitive attitude of some government officials and the struggle for survival on Day 3 saw the otherwise placid Vizagites running out of patience.
Deprived of basics like water, power and food for three days in a row, scenes of starved and thirsty people storming vehicles carrying relief material like food and water were a common sight across the city .The slow pace of relief work by the authorities also came in for sharp criticism from Vizagites, many of whom complained about relief not reaching them. “The biggest problem is water. We ran out of our stock of the corporation drinking water yesterday and each 10-litre can of water is being sold at Rs 2,500, which is ridiculous. It is appalling that in times of such crises, all some people can think of is making money . The government relief too is no where to be seen,“ said Sai Padma, who lives in MVP Colony .
The TDP’s Telangana unit received a body blow on Thursday, on the eve of its ‘bus yatra’ in the state aimed at exposing the alleged failures of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government, as three of its MLAs and an MLC decided to join the ranks of the pink party.