- Airtel has alerted users in Mumbai that cyclone Tauktae could affect their network.
- The telco has urged users to charge their phones.
- Earlier this week, DoT held a meeting with additional infrastructure bodies to work on restored teams which are kept on standby mode for all major districts.
Airtel has alerted its users that cyclone Tauktae, which is a little over 160 km south-southwest of Mumbai, could impact its services and has urged users to charge phones. The cyclone intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" and is likely to reach the Gujarat coast between 8 PM to 11 PM. The airports in Mumbai have been shut between 11 AM to 2 PM.
"Important Update! Due to cyclone Tauktae, your Airtel services might get impacted in Mumbai.
Rest assured, we are on the job to minimize the disruption. Keep phones charged.
Stay Safe, Stay Alert - Team Airtel," the telecom company alerted users.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had held a meeting with the telecom infrastructure providers and their representative body Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), according to ET Telecom. To ensure uninterrupted telecom connectivity in the affected states in Maharashtra and Gujarat, the infrastructure companies have further deployed additional restored teams which are kept on standby mode for all major districts and areas likely to see storm impact.
Earlier on Monday, Mumbai experienced light rainfall and gusty winds. Five temporary shelters have been set up in each of the city's 24 wards and three NDRF teams are on alert. Moderate to intense spells of rain, with winds reaching 75 to 85 km per over the city, as well as Thane, Raigad, Palghar and Ratnagiri districts, are likely in the next few hours. The Bandra-Worli sealink was closed for traffic and people were asked to take alternative routes. Local trains of the Central Railways were disrupted between Vikhroli and Ghatkopar after a tree fell on a train going towards Thane.
In related news, Airtel as a one-time gesture is giving the Rs 49 prepaid plan free of cost to over 55 million low-income customers. The Rs 49 pack offers users 100 MB of data and Rs 38 worth of talk time with a validity of 28 days.
Through this gesture, Airtel aims to empower its over 5.5 crore customers, most of them in rural areas, to stay connected and have access to critical information when needed.
(with inputs from agencies)