Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA), a leading association of the telecom industry has sought help from the Himachal Pradesh government to ensure that there's seamless connectivity even during difficult times. The body wrote to Prabodh Saxena, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla seeking timely support during the landslides and heavy rains situation impacting the state. In the letter, the body has requested the government to oversee the protection of telecom employees along with the availability of diesel for telecom towers, cell on wheels deployment, availability of power, nodal officers/single point of contact and unrestricted access to telecom personnel for accessing telecom sites.
In the 55 days since the monsoon began, Himachal Pradesh has been hit by 113 landslides. This has caused losses of Rs 2491 crore to the Public Works Department (PWD) and Rs 1000 crore to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The body wants to ensure that the government supports the telecom players and their employees to ensure that even during such difficult times, connectivity access is maintained for everyone.
T.R. Dua, Director-General of the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association, said, "To ensure round-the-clock telecom connectivity and in order to contain the effect of the heavy rains on telecom services, we seek Himachal Pradesh Government’s urgent intervention and support in this difficult and challenging situation. All our members are proactive and have taken necessary steps to ensure connectivity 24/7 in the areas which have been affected by the heavy rains and all the background arrangements like additional DG sets, battery banks, spare parts, stocking of diesel are taken care of."
DIPA has several members including some companies such as Indus Towers, American Tower, Sterlite Technologies, Summit Digitel and more.