Kullu, the traveler’s paradise and a hub for adventure activities is known for some great trekking routes. Kullu police department has now asked for satellite phones and GPS (Global positioning system) from the state government in order to improve the safety measures of trekkers. This request by the police will help them during the search operations that are meant to find the missing trekkers in the hills of Kullu.
Mr. RS Jamwal, Additional superintendent of police commented, “We have sent a proposal of 7 satellite phones and 24 GPS (global positioning systems) to the state government in order to expand the safety measures taken for the trekkers in the district.” Additionally, he added by, “Due to harsh geographical conditions of the hilly region, landline as well as mobile phones often does not work due to poor network connections. In this particular situation, the satellite phones will be working as an advantage to locate the exact location of the trekkers.” RS Jamwal further mentioned, “Lack of communication and networking facilities had become the major hindrance to trace the exact position of the missing trekkers and in the effective search and rescue operations. Keeping this fact in mind, we have submitted a proposal to the state government to procure satellite phones and satellite-linked GPS.”
With the help of satellite phones and GPS, one can actually able to gather some clues of missing trekkers. The usage of satellite phones was not permitted in the state, but keeping in view of safety issues of travelers (trekkers), it has been decided to fix a certain range of frequency of the satellite phones. Nevertheless, the usage of satellite phones for commercial as well as personal use was restricted in the country and was primarily used by the defense forces. However, the government has relented due to recurring accidents and missing cases among trekkers. Especially foreign trekkers as they are more vulnerable regarding this. Kullu Police has already demarcated Naggar, Parvati and Manikaran for accident prone areas. The administration is hopeful that this step will certainly help to boost tourism in the valley.