AP Chief Minister Mr. Naidu warns telecos of dire consequences if Connectivity is not restored in the cyclone hit areas

By October 17th, 2014 AT 11:37 AM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took a hard stance on the top telecom executives including Sunil Bharti Mittal as the phones in Visakhapatnam are not working even after 5 days of the Hudhud cyclone hit the state.

Mr. Naidu’s temper took a slip and he demanded “a straight answer” for the “non performance” of the telecom operators. He stated that the efficiency of the rescue operations has gone down by 50% just because of the communication gap.

“That means you are totally commercial” said the chief minister who had obviously lost his cool.

While the telcos said the services will be resume from Saturday evening, Mr. Naidu additionally asked the telcos to come up with low tariffs for the users in the cyclone hit area and also asked them to strengthen the 3G infrastructure support for the relief operations team.

Mr. Naidu went to the extent to state he will have the Telecom executives arrested if they don’t get the connections restored immediately. We feel the telcos should have a disaster management unit which can spring to action immediately and try to restore connectivity. The Kashmir catastrophe was handled by the Telecos much more maturely than the HudHud.

Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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Airtel is pathetic to say the least, they(& vodafone) are the most commercial among all the network operators(to give credit to Vodafone, they’ve handled this emergency situation far better than what Airtel did). If they charge more than other operators they should be better equipped in dealing with the situations like this. But, coming from the city of Visakhapatnam, I can say that Airtel is the worst performer in this situation(for the entire week 12-18th Oct), they haven’t restored their network as on 17th October in the city(i.e., 5 days after the cyclone made the landfall), calls to & from… Read more »


I can say that bsnl in such disaster will be stable as they use fiber Media than microwave antennas.
All towers of air tel have microwave antenna s that’s what the poor situation.


@Narender – while Microwave equipment gets impacted in monsoon / bad weather, FIBER gets impacted as well : its wire after all, and water/floods can (and will) damage it.

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