Naval helicopter Seaking of INS Dega airlifted reconstruction material and other spares required for restoration of 132 KV Transmission Tower belonging to AP TRANSCO on hill top of Simhachalam Hill, Visakhapatnam today, 21 October 14.
AP TRANSCO was able to restore electric supply to most of the city in an extremely short time in the aftermath of Hudhud but realized that one high tension tower of 132 KV has collapsed on Simhachalam hill. This tower had to be re-constructed immediately to enable uninterrupted power supply to the remaining part of the city and was also extremely critical for providing electric power to the industries located around Vizag. The remote location of the tower on the Simachalam hill made this task extremely difficult and laborious for AP TRANSCO and time consuming. The city administration sought assistance of Navy in positioning of the complete construction material weighing about 10 tons at the remote location on Simhachalam hill.
Indian Navy undertook a feasibility study and a Seaking helicopter of the INS Dega was immediately pressed into service this morning and undertook multiple flights. The helo airlifted reconstruction material comprising of iron poles, angles, cement bags an other spares loaded in cargo nets to the remote location enabling early reconstruction of the high tension tower in a short span of time.