The government had taken a project to re-establish telecommunication infrastructures in the remote areas of the Sunderbans to strengthen monitoring in the world’s largest mangrove forest and protect forest resources.
Forest department sources said the project would be implemented at a cost of Tk 3.48 crore under the sponsorship of the Climate Change Trust Fund and 56 telecommunication structures would be set up at different points across the Sunderbans.
Among those points, 28 will be established in the Sunderbans East division, 27 in the west division and one in the forest conservator’s office.
Once implemented, the project would help the officers and members of staff of the forest department to maintain constant communication and exchange information.
Telecommunication links were cut off in the forest due to various natural disasters, especially after Cyclone Sidr.
The remote areas of the Sunderbans had remained out of telecommunication network coverage since storm.
Under the project, 50 very high frequency towers and six other supporting towers would be established. Another 50 VHF sets, six supporting sets, 50 solar batteries and 100 walkie-talkie sets would be purchased.
Md Yusuf Hawlader, a forest guard of the Sunderbans East division, said that they had to work deep in the forest where telecom networks were mostly unavailable and making emergency contact was hard.
Forest officers hoped that this initiative would also strengthen patrolling activities and help in forest conservation as well.
Divisional forest officer of the East Sunderbans Mahmudul Hasan said executing administrative duties had become difficult and the decision would help to re-establish telecommunication links in the Sunderbans.
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