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Jio, Airtel, Vodafone Idea set up war rooms; enter ICR during cyclone Tauktae –

Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) have set up war rooms with special teams to monitor the impact of cyclone Tauktae that has hit Kerala, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. The telcos and their infrastructure partners have stocked up on digital generators and spare parts to ensure digital connectivity is not disrupted.

“..we have ensured sufficient fuel supply to our sites across all locations, and stocking at strategic locations, for use in times of emergency. Additionally, mobile DGs, critical equipment spares and vehicles have been arranged and kept ready at key locations,” said a Vi spokesperson to ET.

Cyclone Tauktae, which intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday morning, laid just 142 kilometres from Mumbai as of 12 noon on Monday. With winds speeds reaching as high as 85 kilometres an hour in the island city, reports of water logging and uprooting of trees have come in from Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai.

Like Vi , Jio and Airtel have also set up specialised war rooms and vendor offices where designated executives are monitoring the cyclone and its impact. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) through its Disaster Management Division is also keeping track of the developments.

Jio has set up war rooms in district and state level. Besides its own diesel generators, Jio has taken up generators on rental to ensure that there is no disruptions in network even if the power supply gets hampered for 72 hours.

“We are working closely with other network providers (for intra circle roaming), partners and Government agencies to ensure stable telecom connectivity during the cyclone to let people stay connected with their loved ones,” Vi added.

Originating near the Lakshadweep Islands, the cyclone first affected Kerala, then moved on to Goa and coastal Maharashtra, where it is currently moving parallel to the Konkan coast. It is likely to make landfall in Gujarat late on Monday or in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, metrological department officials said.