Port Blair, May 22 : Amphan Cyclone not only left a trail of destruction in Bengal and Odisha but also totally disrupted internet and telecom connectivity in far-flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Since May 20 last Andaman and Nicobar Islands are witnessing major disruption in Internet and Telecom connectivity in almost all the Islands of these Union Territories. The BSNL, which is the leading telecom provider in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has now confirmed that all major communication links between Port Blair, the capital city of A & N Islands and Kolkata were interrupted due to the damage caused by super cyclone AMPHAN on May 20.
“Satellite links from Port Blair Telephone Exchange to Kolkata Telephone Exchange are through ISROs satellites. The satellite links at Kolkata are connected through Kulpi Earth station. The Optical Fibre Links connected to Kolkata Telephone Exchange via satellite earth station at Kulpi are extensively damaged at several locations along with acute power failures at transmission hubs along the route which is around 30 km apart,” BSNL officials of Andaman and Nicobar BSNL Telecom Circle informed media today. The Eastern Telecom Region wing of BSNL at Kolkata has now reportedly begun the restoration work since early morning of May 21.
Even till May 22 morning hours many areas faced internet blackout. “As the roads are having several hindrances due to blockage caused by debris thrown by cyclone hence the restoration takes time. However, local calls to & from landline as well as to and from mobile are working, though mobile data will be available intermittently based on the link ups and-downs. The inconvenience caused is regretted. BSNL is putting all efforts in restoring the satellite links as early as possible,” BSNL officials said. (UNI)