Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has witnessed unprecedented snowfall this winter, with many far-off places remaining cut off from rest of the world for weeks together. The remote areas of the district including Haripurdhar and Nohradhar along with Kinnaur, Lahaul spiti and parts of Pangi and Bharmour in chamba districts and Rohru and Rampur in Shimla and Chauhar valley in Mandi district were the worst affected receiving up to 10 feet snow. Mobile phones however continue to ring in these areas, thanks to leading Infrastructure provider, bharti Infratel’s determined initiative to provide almost uninterrupted power supply to their mobile towers. Heavy road blockades, massive power and water supply disruptions were the norm this winter due to climatic challenges, despite these resources were seen ensuring very less interrupted power supply clearing accumulated snow on the way to remote towers in extreme cold climatic conditions.
Our teams were mobilized to be on the toes 24X7. Even in case of electricity failures, alternate preventive arrangements undertaken helped the cause of mobile users aided by power extraction from diesel-run generators,” an official said. This is despite acute diesel shortage and thick blanket of snow on the roads, he added.
Roshan Sharma of Haripurdhar said the mobile network played a key role in communication during the heavy snow in the area because other modes of communication had blacked out. Pankaj of Ronhat was impressed with the round-the-clock mobile connectivity during this extreme winter unlike earlier times.
Communicate advisory to inhabitants due to uninterrupted mobile network supply has been fruitful in remote areas, thanks to such IP’s like bharti infratel whose towers house multiple companies antennaes that resulted in mobile antennaes to radiate seamlessly despite massive power supply interruption, said Raman Kumar Bhardwaj of Kotkhai in Shimla district.