The government has decided to install more mobile towers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh amid the growing standoff with China. A senior officer of the Tawang district gave this information. It aims to improve connectivity in the region.
This step taken by the government is considered very important after the clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Tawang sector on December 9.
According to Tawang Deputy Commissioner KN Damo, BSNL and Bharti Airtel will set up 23 new mobile towers to improve connectivity. The existing towers are not able to meet the requirements there. This is causing problems for the security forces and the civilians living on the border. He said that there were no mobile networks in the border areas earlier, but the situation has changed. All preparations completed for the installation of new towers.
“The BSNL and Airtel will install new mobile towers. BSNL will install 18 mobile towers, while Airtel will install four. We had given a proposal for installing 45 mobile towers, and the Centre has approved 22 mobile towers as of now. The government has taken the initiative to improve mobile connectivity along the bordering areas aiming at good mobile connectivity for security forces and civilians. The Defence areas have been given priority. The new mobile towers will be installed in the bordering areas like Chuna, Yangtse, Damteng Bumla, Klemta, Y Junction, T Gompa area, Lumpo, Zemithang,” Kesang Ngurup Damo said.
He further said that the government has also decided to build a 200 Kilowatt mini hydel project for the military in the T-Gompa area.
“Apart from this, the government will build another mini hydel project in the Mago area. The government has also planned to extend electricity supply to the uncovered bordering areas,” the top official said.
Defence areas have been given priority in the installation of towers. However, civilian areas like Mago, Chuna and Nilia (near Gemithang) have also not been ignored. Damo said the district administration had requested the installation of 43 new towers. All preparations have been completed for installation of new towers, but this work is getting hampered in the winter season. Let us tell you that it was already snowing in the hilly areas of the district, while the city received snowfall for the first time on Sunday night and the temperature reached minus three degrees Celsius.