Poor cellular network irks Bandpawa Shopian residents
Jio tower ready, to be commissioned in next few days: Official
Shopian: The subscribers of private telecommunication companies like Jio and Airtel and govt telecommunication company BSNL have complained about erratic calling and Internet services in Bandpawa village of Chitragam hamlet in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
The residents of Bandpawa village which according to locals consists of around 100 households have been suffering in absence of proper network connectivity, the locals alleged.
Aamir Ahmad Bhat, a local resident said that they cannot make any calls even during emergencies and living without proper connectivity in todays world is like living in dark ages.
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 avail any such service and have to visit offices for even minor queries.
“When the world is witnessing 5G internet connectivity, we don’t even have basic cellular connectivity to call our friends, relatives and others,” said Nadeem, another local resident.
“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 in last two three years as they were facing problems in attending online classes in absence of network connectivity and even students had to go to nearby areas in search of mobile connectivity to attend their classes.
They said that during emergencies they are unable to contact their relatives who also get worried when they are unable to contact them.
They said that after repeated requests to the administration, private telecom Jio started work on installing a tower but it hasn’t been commissioned yet.
They appealed concerned authorities from the government to make the tower functional at an earliest.
The locals also sought personal intervention of LG Manoj Sinha and concerned deputy commissioner in this regard.
Meanwhile, an official said that a Jio tower has been installed in the area and is ready for commissioning.
He added that tower will be commissioned in next few days and area will provide the mch needed relief to the locals.