#thenewscompany : The government has taken a project to reestablish telecommunication structures in the remote areas of the Sundarbans, aiming to strengthen monitoring in the world’s largest mangrove forest and protect the forest resources.
Forest Department sources said the project will be implemented involving Tk 3.48 crore under Climate Change Trust Fund and 56 telecommunication structures will be set up across the Sundarbans.
Among those points, 28 will be established in the Sundarbans East Division, 27 in the West Division and one in the district forest conservator’s office.
Once implemented, the project will help the officers and staff of the Forest Department to maintain constant communication and exchange information.
Telecommunications was destroyed in the forest due to various natural disasters, especially after Cyclone Sidr. The remote areas of the Sundarbans remained out of telecommunication network since then.
Under the project, 50 Very High Frequency (VHF) towers and six other supporting towers will be established. Besides, 50 VHF sets, six supporting sets, 50 solar batteries and 100 walkie-talkie sets will be purchased.
Md Yusuf Hawlader, a forest guard Sundarbans East Division, said that they have to perform their duties in the deep forest where network is mostly unavailable and emergency contact cannot be made.
Forest officers hope that this initiative will also strengthen patrolling activities and help in forest conservation as well.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of East Sundarban, Mahmudul Hasan said administrative duties have become difficult to carry out, hence the decision has been taken to reestablish telecommunications in the Sundarbans.