Lesson from 2014: Police to get sat phones for emergencies

Shafaq shah

Srinagar: After setting its shattered wireless communication system in order, the police have plans to add satellite phones to its arsenal for effective and flawless communication during emergencies.
Severely dented by the last year floods, police have made the wireless system functional linking some of the strategic units with the government.
“We have installed wireless sets at Sangam, Ram Munshibagh, Humhama and many other vulnerable areas were water level has risen or is likely to rise,” said SSP, Imitiyaz Husain.
The dysfunctional wireless system evoked severe criticism from the public after last year’s floods.
Many police stations functioned without communication grid and the CM office too was recently connected through a wireless station at his Gupkar residence.
“Last year, we were not prepared for floods, and the much needed operating system was on the ground floor and got destroyed,” said the SSP.
“But this time we are assure people that there will be flawless communication during times of need.”
This time, he said the police have the option of satellite phones available. “We will put them to use if the wireless system fails,” he said.
The police has plans to provide satellite phones to senior officials and National Disaster response force (NDRF) if need arises, he said.
Police says they won’t be relying on any private or state owned telecommunication companies.
“Our landlines which got destroyed during floods, many of them still don’t work. So we have strengthened our own network, and would be relying on it” said a top Police official working with the Telecommunication department who did not want to be named.
“Whatever government needs from telecommunication sector we will provide them”. We are fully equipped” the official says.
Divisional commissioner police, administration wing said, “we have started our whatsapp service, from a week since the predication of floods were made. Our helpline services are also working 24×7.We won’t be taking any risk this time.”