“Important Update! Due to cyclone Tauktae, your Airtel services might get impacted in Mumbai.
Rest assured, we are on the job to minimize the disruption. Keep phones charged.
Stay Safe, Stay Alert - Team Airtel,” the telecom company alerted users.
Airtel has announced that its network could affect users in Mumbai due to cyclone Tauktae, which is a little over 160 km south-southwest of Mumbai and is likely to reach the Gujarat coast between 8 PM to 11 PM. The airports in Mumbai have been shut between 11 AM to 2 PM.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had held a meeting with the telecom infrastructure providers and their representative body Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), according to ET Telecom. To ensure uninterrupted telecom connectivity in the affected states in Maharashtra and Gujarat, the infrastructure companies have further deployed additional restored teams which are kept on standby mode for all major districts and areas likely to see storm impact.
Earlier on Monday, Mumbai experienced light rainfall and gusty winds. Five temporary shelters have been set up in each of the city's 24 wards and three NDRF teams are on alert. Moderate to intense spells of rain, with winds reaching 75 to 85 km per over the city, as well as Thane, Raigad, Palghar and Ratnagiri districts, are likely in the next few hours.