Telecom services in the flood-hit Kashmir valley are slowly being restored with operators resuming network connectivity in various parts of the region. Also Read - Vodafone to donate 1 paisa/call, Rs 5/new customer for Kashmir during Ramdaan
Around 58 base transceiver stations (BTS) or mobile towers of BSNL and Aircel are functioning now along with 10 landline exchanges of the state-run operator. Vodafone has also been able to restore connectivity in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, Anantnag, Qazigund, Mattan, Avantipura and Ashumukam. Vodafone said extra talk-time credit is being provided to ensure low balance doesn’t prevent them from getting connected with their near and dear ones. Bharti Airtel said it has also restored some of its sites. Also Read - Telcos says 80 percent of their network restored in flood-hit Kashmir
The telecom operators have roaming arrangements with each other so customers of all are getting connectivity. Bharti Airtel in a filing to BSE said its network has been down in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir as a result of the unprecedented flooding there, company’s teams have been able to manage to revive several parts of the network there. The company is constantly monitoring the situation and is working with the authorities to normalize the services in the affected areas at the earliest possible. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir floods: UberSLEIGH to collect relief materials for victims tomorrow in 10 cities across India
The company believe that this temporary disruption will not cause any material loss in revenues or to its assets. A BSNL official told PTI that it has extended broadband facility to Srinagar airport and also set up three PCOs at the airport where people can make free calls. The official said that tomorrow the company will try to restore 45-50 more base transceiver stations (BTS). Taking stock of the situation, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director A N Rai has said that all out efforts are being made on war footing for restoration of BSNL telecom network.
He said no effort is being spared for restoration of BSNL network by bringing satellite-based services (DSPT) by diverting resources from other circles of BSNL. “10 VSATs have been airlifted to Srinagar from Bangalore yesterday night. In Poonch district, efforts are underway to restore telecom services with the help of V SAT,” Rai said.
Rai added that Barjula BTS and exchange have been restored on OFC and BSNL is trying to restore one BSC at Srinagar which will result in restoration of nearly 20 BTSs. Destruction of telecom network has impeded rescue operations in the Jammu and Kashmir valley, which is facing one of the worst floods in six decades.