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After Cyclone FANI, Denizens Flock Bhubaneswar Flyovers Hunting For Mobile Connectivity


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06 May 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: The wind speeds of Cyclone FANI gusting upto 200 kmph brought down several mobile towers in the capital city. Along with that, many electric poles were uprooted too and thus the power outlet of surviving towers did not last either. In this mayhem, people have not been able to contact with their near and dear ones during time of crisis.

Surprisingly, Bhubaneswar flyovers have become a close friend at these times. Denizens are flocking to the main bridges across the smart city to receive network. Due to the height advantage, mobiles are catching a little bit of network and thus providing the people with ample opportunity to connect with their friends and family. 

Rajib Barik said, “Many of my friends, who reside outside Odisha, are concerned about my well-being. I have not been able to contact them since three days. Today, I finally received network here on Satya Nagar bridge and connected with everyone.”

Another Samiran Mohanty said, “This network problem is bigger than food problem for me. I feel paralysed. I don’t have water as I need network to call someone who has a generator set.”

Office-goer Yash Choubey said, “I have been trying to connect with our regional office in Kolkata. I want to tell them about our position here. But Jio, Vodafone, BSNL, Airtel, nothing is working. Amidst this madness, this bridge has become a savior today.”

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Samiran Mohanty

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Rajib Barik

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Yash Choubey