HYDERABAD: Predicting a complete breakdown in communication networks, the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), Hyderabad, has stationed a few of its operators in Andhra Pradesh for transmission of information to government departments and civilians.
While the Odisha government has already pressed HAM radio operators into action, AP has kept them on standby for now and is expected to use them in case of an emergency. "As a precautionary measure, we have sent our operators to the districts of AP that have been affected by the cyclone. We also sent four operators from West Bengal to Bhubaneshwar on Saturday itself as the government sought our assistance," said S Ram Mohan, vice-chairman and managing director, NIAR.
He said in most areas, power lines, cell phone towers and land line cables have collapsed, leaving only HAM radios as an alternative means of communication. "These radios can be used to relay information between government departments and also between the government and the public. And even if the radio collapses, the operators are adept in assembling it to have it running within no time," he added.
Published in "The Times of India Hyderabad" edition on 13-10-2014