Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is going to put in place disaster resilient power infrastructure in the cyclone prone districts of the State with an investment of Rs 19,000 crore.

In the first phase four districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore would have disaster resilient power infrastructure with a total investment of Rs 11,000 crore.

In the second phase five districts of Cuttack, Puri, Khurda, Ganjam and Gajapati would have the power infra at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore.

The State chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, Thursday directed the power utility heads including the discom chiefs to implement the project on war footing. He also directed to form a think tank to provide technical, financial and legal support to these projects.

The State, which is being hit by cyclone frequently, finds it difficult to restore power in the aftermath of such disaster as the cyclone causes maximum damage power infrastructure.