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Damage to mobile towers: Punjab governor to convene CS, DGP | India News


CHANDIGARH: Noting the damage to more than 1,600 mobile towers during the farmers’ protest against the Center’s laws, the Governor of Punjab, Vice President Singh Badnore, decided on Wednesday to summon the Chief Secretary of State and the Director General of Police (DGP) to find a report on it.
“The Punjab Governor’s Vice President Singh Badnore took serious note of the vandalism during the farmers’ ongoing protest, where in recent days, more than 1,600 mobile towers have been damaged,” an official statement here said.
He called on the state government to take immediate steps to prevent such acts and protect the communications infrastructure.
“He has decided to summon the CS and the DGP to Raj Bhavan to seek a report on these matters and express his serious concerns in this regard,” the statement said. “This is a difficult time when education is carried out through online classes, for which such lines of communication are vital. Damaging and disrupting lines of communication will affect not only students, but the entire society and the economy in many ways too, “said the governor.
The governor considered that law enforcement agencies have failed to prevent such harm.
Meanwhile, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) requested the intervention of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, in this regard.
ASSOCHAM President Vineet Agarwal urged CM to intensify efforts to ensure such incidents do not occur.
At the same time, ASSOCHAM congratulated the CM for making “great efforts” to reach out to farmers, asking them not to damage public and private property.
The blockade of major highways connecting Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and the NCR has resulted in a daily loss of Rs 3,000-3,500 crore, based on our previous estimates, ASSOCHAM said in a statement.
Losses in economic activities are increasing while the state’s image as an investment destination is taking its toll, Agarwal said.
More concerning, sir, there are reports from affected industries and service providers, particularly in telecommunications, that widespread damage has been done to key infrastructure such as telecommunications towers. Such incidents not only result in major national loss, but also seriously affect the image of a progressive state, “he said.
Prolonged and continuous turmoil, especially with incidents of damage to industrial and other infrastructure, would drive investors away from the state of Punjab, he said.

Times of India