Pilgrims and visitors to the Kumbh Mela this year may not face any problems related to mobile connectivity. To this effect, Minister of State for Communications and IT, Shri Sachin Pilot, has briefed senior BSNL officials at the Head Office and in the field and given instructions to ensure uninterrupted mobile services during the Mela period.
In order to ensure this, there will be a comprehensive overhaul and refurbishment of the telecom infrastructure during the Kumbh Mela celebrations. Accordingly, five new mobile towers are being constructed. To give BSNL the flexibility to deploy mobile infrastructure in areas of air traffic congestion at short notice, two towers will also be mounted on trucks in areas where construction of permanent structures is difficult. Adequate diesel to operate power generators would be made available to reduce downtime to a minimum. Traffic handling capacity of BSNL in the area is being doubled and CDMA infrastructure has been upgraded to enable broadband connectivity at high speeds. To the extent possible, the infrastructure would also be shared with other operators. Additional technical and supervisory staff is being deployed to ensure adequate manpower during the Mela.
The Minister himself will periodically monitor the Mobile traffic and preparedness of the BSNL to ensure uninterrupted and quality service.