No mobile tower for 10,000-12,000 subscribers in Uri villages

The discrimination, according to Shafi is apparent and visible as four kms down at Gingal where National Hydro Power Corporation has its headquarter the connectivity is extensive and uninterrupted.

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Uri, Publish Date: Mar 19 2018 12:43AM | Updated Date: Mar 19 2018 12:43AM
No mobile tower for 10,000-12,000 subscribers in Uri villagesRepresentational Pic

For residents of six villages in Uri tehsil of Baramulla district, getting connected through mobile network is a major issue as they have to tread at least 10 kms mountainous routes to stay in touch with rest of the world.

The worst hit villages whose residents with Airtel subscription estimates 10000-12000 have been repeatedly demanding resolution to the connectivity issue. The affected areas are Dhani Syedan, Chollan, Zamborpattan, Daraguttlian, Kalsan and Gatti where it is difficult to connect even in an era of 4G networks.

According to Khwaja Muhammad Shafi of Dhani Syedan, who is also Chairman Rural Development Society North Kashmir,  this is the main problem being faced by all 6 villages in far flung Uri tehsil.

“To stay connected is vital as most of our relatives and friends are spread from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and to remain disconnected is the most disservice the largest private cellular company is doing to far flung residents,’ said Khwaja Shafi. 

The discrimination, according to Shafi is apparent and visible as four kms down at Gingal where National Hydro Power Corporation has its headquarter the connectivity is extensive and uninterrupted.

Another local from nearby village, Chollan, Ayaz Ahmad, said: “We approached district administration and ministers but nothing is moving in this direction here in Chollan.”

Echoing same views, Muhammad Lateef Awan of Daraguttlian, said: “If Airtel is not going to resolve our long pending demand we would be forced to stage protest and approach legal luminaries to redress this crucial connectivity issue.”

No official from Airtel was available for their version despite repeated attempts to approach them in this regard.

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