Hudhud: Naidu pulls up telcos for slow restoration of services

Written by fe Bureau | Press Trust of India | Hyderabad | Updated: Oct 17 2014, 06:59am hrs
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu came down heavily on telecom firms on Thursday, saying that they had been indifferent towards restoring services in areas battered by cyclone Hudhud.

In a meeting attended by heads of telecom companies in Visakhapatnam, Naidu said that had telecom firms reponded quickly, mobile services would have been restored within two days of the cyclone hitting the state.

The CM asked the companies to formulate low-tariff plans for customers in cyclone-hit districts of the state. Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, too, attended the meeting and apprised Naidu of the efforts undertaken by Airtel towards restoration of its network in cyclone-affected areas.

Naidu also asked the companies to ensure that officials are provided 3G services so that relief and restoration operations are not slowed by poor communication. Tata executives informed the chief minister that 50% services have been restored in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, while Uninor said it has restored 48% services.

Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and Sudha Murthy of Infosys Foundation spoke to the CM over telephone to find out about the cyclone relief work.