The Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA) has urged the intervention of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in order to ensure availability of diesel, power and unrestricted movement of telecom personnel for continuous tower operations amid the resurgence in covid-19 surge.

To this end, DIPA has stressed that DoT should write to top executives of oil companies, besides talking to the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, to ensure round the clock availability of diesel for telecom operations to run without interruption. For uninterrupted power supply, the industry also asked DoT to take up with the ministry of power for advising all electricity distribution companies regarding power availability for telecom tower operations in each state on a 24/7 basis, on priority.

In addition, DIPA has also sought that the DoT should also write to the ministry of home affairs, state chief secretaries and National Disaster Response Force for assisting telecom operations in case of any emergency or sensitive situation in order to ensure safety as well as security of the telecom personnel and telecom assets.