Cyclone Tauktae: DoT reviews telecom infrastructureNEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Saturday took a stock of telecom infrastructure preparedness to mitigate the impact of a severe cyclone storm Tauktae which is expected to make a landfall in coastal Gujarat on May 18.

The intensified cyclone, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is moving towards Gujarat, and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

In order to ensure uninterrupted telecom connectivity in these states Maharashtra and Gujarat, the DoT held a meeting with the telecom infrastructure providers and their representative body Tower & Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA).

The officials stressed upon the need for availability of adequate diesel at telecom sites, readiness of spare battery sets, and availability of extra Cell on Wheels (CoWs).

“All our members have taken necessary steps to ensure uninterrupted connectivity in these areas which are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm and all the background arrangements like additional diesel sets, battery banks, spare parts, stocking of diesel are taken care of,” TR Dua, Director-General, TAIPA said.

The Delhi-based group further said that the infrastructure companies have deployed additional restoration teams which are kept on standby mode for all major districts and areas likely to see storm impact.

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