Chamber to raise poor telecom issue with New Delhi

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Tuesday said it would approach New Delhi against the “dilapidated condition” of the telecommunication system in Kashmir Valley.
In a press statement issued here after its executive committee meeting, KCCI said it has “decided to take up the issue with the Union Telecom Minister and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) directly.”
The chamber said the landlines in Lal Chowk, Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Buchwara Dalgate, Indra Nagar areas of the city are either “fully dead or working intermittently” ever since the floods. The issue, it said, issue has been reported to the authorities repeatedly, “but the condition has remained unchanged.”
“The ‘paralyzed’ landline and mobile (networks) are causing problems in the conduct of daily business…and also in day-to-day life,” it said.
“The major telephone operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has failed to revive the system effectively. Similarly, other telecom operators like Airtel, Aircel, Reliance, and Vodafone are continuously failing to provide uninterrupted telecom service to its users,” it added.
“Frequent failure” of the networks, KCCI said, cause “inflation of the bills” by forcing the subscribers to call a number repeatedly.
The damages caused by the floods have become “somewhat like an eternal excuse” for the telecom companies, it said.