Red Zone Sans Connect

While Union Government is urging for intelligence sharing among the Maoist Affected States, call drop and poor connectivity has come as a major issue and posing as a stumbling block in this regard.

When Top Cops of the neighboring States are meeting for Intelligence sharing, everybody agree that poor mobile connectivity is posing a serious problem in collection of real time intelligence.

When Mobile phones are not working properly and call drop is a major issue, BSNL not using latest technology for setting Mobile Towers is defeating the purpose in getting real time information from the Ground Zero, admit officials.

Looking at the dismal scenario, Odisha Andhra Pradesh , Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have raised the issue with Ministry of Home Affairs.

As informed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) at least 2335 mobile towers have been installed in 10 LWE States under Phase-I of the scheme and up-gradation of the satellite bandwidth at all the Phase-I towers up to 2 Mbps which are on VSAT has been approved.

Union Government has approved installation of mobile towers at 4072 tower locations in Phase-II involving an expenditure of Rs. 7,330 crore.

However, 2G facility is not at all sufficient for connectivity as it is experienced in Malkangiri and Koraput, which are worst, affected Maoist Districts

Odisha , which has 483 Mobile Towers in the Maoist Zone has  stated that there is a serious problem of band width in the State.

The mobile connectivity in most of the LWE affected areas is inadequate.

So the State Government has further requested that upgradation of towers to 4G.

While in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Mobile Towers have been up-graded with 4G facility, it is not in case of Odisha.

Accordingly State Government has urged the Union Government that it should be done for Odisha also as it is done in the State of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

State Government has requested that the Mobile Towers installed in phase-I may be upgraded. BSNL should use the latest technology for phase - II towers, said a senior official in Department of Home.

However officials of DoT stated that as regards provision of 4G in LWE areas and mobile coverage in rural areas, a massive project to cover all Gram Panchayats under Bharat Net Project has been planned.

In order to make this plan a success at the earliest, all State Governments have been requested to put a system in place which would facilitate Right of Way(RoW)  permission in a time bound manner.

However, this ambitious program is moving at a snail’s pace. Till date Bharat Net I has covered only 10,484 KM Optical Fiber connecting 3739 GP and service ready in 3303 GPs.

In Odisha, the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) is implementing Bharat Net Phase I and it is going very slow over the implementation of the Project.


State Government has time and again raised the issue of slowdown in implementation of Bharat Net Phase I in Odisha. And PGCIL has always given new timeline for completion of the project, said sources.


Under this backdrop unless Mobile Towers are not empowered with 4G, real time intelligence gathering will be very difficult, admit officials.



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