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Cyclone Amphan: Odisha to get full power, telecom services on Friday

Vodafone Idea, Airtel say they may even deploy temporary sites in case the damage caused to the existing sites is irreversible

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Megha Manchanda  |  New Delhi 

Cyclone Amphan
The super cyclone left havoc behind as it trudged through West bengal to Bangladesh. PTI

As the states of West Bengal and grapple with the aftermath of the super Amphan that left 72 dead, Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General SN Pradhan said on Thursday that 90 per cent of the and telecom infrastructure has been restored in and the remaining will be done in the next 24 hours.

Telecom companies Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have said their teams were working to restore the services in the states and they might even deploy temporary sites in case the damage caused to the existing sites is irreversible.

"Field personnel for repair and restoration work will be available round the clock. All critical spares, fibre, batteries and diesel have been stocked at key locations for faster response and minimum downtime," said an Airtel spokesperson said. Provisions have also been made for quick deployment of temporary sites (cell on wheels) in case of damage to the existing sites. Intra Circle Roaming, which allows operators to collaborate and use each other’s networks wherever required, has been tested to ensure that Airtel users stay connected, he added.

Vodafone Idea said severe cyclonic conditions on the eastern coast and massive outages have disrupted voice and data services. "Vodafone Idea teams are working in extremely tough conditions to restore connectivity at the earliest."

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The telecom infrastructure was impacted mainly due to the disruption in electricity supply, said a person close to the development.

While, the transmission infrastructure was restored within hours of disruption, the last mile connectivity in terms of electricity distribution to the end consumer is yet to be restored fully.

As far as the transmission lines that went off the grid, it was mainly due to sudden drop in demand. "The transmission of electricity by the grid network has been diverted to other states," said an official.

A couple of days before the was expected to make a landfall in the two states, the Union ministry of power had said it had put in place adequate arrangements/preparedness to handle power supply situation in the wake of the forecast. Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), the Grid Operator is keeping close watch on the situation.

First Published: Thu, May 21 2020. 20:12 IST