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Nigeenpora Kund residents protest poor cellular services

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Pulwama: The subscribers of private telecommunication companies like Jio and Airtel and govt telecommunication company BSNL have complained about erratic calling and Internet services in Nangeenpora and its adjacent areas in Kund hamlet of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The residents of Nangeenpora which according to locals consists of over 300 households have been suffering in absence of proper network connectivity.
Masarat Rasool, a local resident said that they cannot make any calls even during emergencies and living without proper connectivity in today’s world is like living in Dark Age.
He said that most of the works in modern era are done on mobile phones but in absence of proper connectivity, they are unable to do anything on phone and have to visit offices for even minor issues.
“When world is witnessing 5G internet connectivity, we cannot even avail basic cellular connectivity to call our friends, relatives and others,” Danish Ahmad, another local resident said.
“We usually move to other places to make phone calls as our phones remain out of service, when we stay indoors,” he said.
Locals said that students community suffered a lot during the last two to three years as they are facing problems in attending online classes in absence of network connectivity and even students are going to nearby areas in search of mobile connectivity to attend their classes.
“After the rise of omicron cases, students have been again asked to attend online classes so locals student again will have trek for kilometres in search of proper network and attend classes,” they said.
They said that during emergencies they are unable to contact their relatives who also get worried about us as they are unable to contact us.
“We have brought this issue into the notice of concerned authorities several times but despite repeated assurances the ground situation remained as it was,” they said.
They appealed concerned authorities from the government as well as private cellular companies to install towers in their areas, so that they can avail mobile phone network facility in this modern era.
They have sought personal intervention of LG Manoj Sinha and concerned deputy commissioner in providing signal towers in the area so that people can avail the service.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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