Barring 3 districts, telecom infra almost restored in Odisha post FANI: DoT

Bhubaneswar: Except three districts, the telecom infrastructure is almost restored in Odisha post Cyclone FANI, informed Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Additional Secretary Anshu Prakash here today.

“In all the districts barring three districts, the telecom infrastructure has been nearly fully restored. Now we are focusing on Puri, where the damage was most expensive,” he told reporters.

He said that nearly 80% has been restored and functional in Khordha, Cuttack and little bit in Jagatsinghpur.

In Puri, the restoration work will be completed and networks will become normal very soon, the official hoped.

He shared the fact that the DoT had extended helping hand to various mobile services subscribers after extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI devastated the telecommunication services in coastal Odisha districts.

“During the period, free SMS services were permitted and more than 2 crore free SMSes have been sent. And we also permitted free intra-circle roaming that means any person with any connection can use whichever network is available. More than 10 lakh calls have been made using intra-circle roaming,” Prakash said.

However, unlike mobile networks, the landline telephone services have been restored in cyclone-hit areas excluding Khordha and Puri.

“For landline exchanges, we will be restoring them very fast and barring partly in Khordha and partly in Puri, all landline exchanges have been restored. We are hopeful very soon Odisha will see absolute normalcy in telecom network,” he added.

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