Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to expedite work on setting up low power solar battery-operated mobile towers in the border districts of the state, considering their strategic location. Harish Rawat also reiterated the state’s old demand for new satellite phones in view of its vulnerability to natural disasters. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
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Setting up these mobile towers in the border districts of the state, located mostly in hilly terrain will lead to a much more dependable mobile connectivity, which is a must considering their strategic location, Rawat said at a meeting with the Home Minister in New Delhi. The Home Ministry proposes to set up low power solar battery-operated mobile towers at ITBP and SSB checkposts along the international border in Uttarakhand.
Citing the state’s vulnerability to natural disasters, Rawat also asked the Home Minister to expedite the process of providing satellite phones to the state for the sake of better co-ordination among different departments in crisis-like situation.
BSNL had also proposed a plan to install 50 zero base mobile towers, which are better looking and multi-functional. The concept of a zero site is that it can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot, street light and camera and the radio units can be hidden inside the pole or underneath. We are focusing on zero base towers as if you see in India, the skyline is scattered with so many towers and it sometimes become an eyesore. We are also looking for a tower which could have multi functionalities like it can work as an Wi-Fi hotspot, it can work as a light emission tower, it can work as a camera plus tower, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said.