Mobile Telephony Launched In J & K, Booking From Monday
17 August 2003
The Times of India
Jammu: In keeping with the promise made by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to people of Jammu and Kashmir in his Independence Day speech, mobile telephony was on Sunday launched in the state, booking for which would start from Monday, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Sunday said. 'It is good news for people of J & K that acting on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's promise to people here in his Independence Day speech, BSNL will start bookings from August 18 to 25 in capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar', Chief General Manager of BSNL, Jammu and Kashmir circle, Arun Kumar said. The registration of the mobile services will start from August 19, a day after the start of booking and it will continue till August 26, Kumar said adding that forms will be available at five Customer Service Centres (CSC) in Jammu and one in Srinagar. 'We had made fulfledged strategy for mobile telephony soon after Vajpayee announced the launch of mobile services in J and K during his independence day speech from ramparts of Red Fort', he said. Mobile services will be available in fourteen major townships of Jammu and Kashmir including Katra, Vaishnodevi, Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and Jammu-Pathankote National Highways in the state, he said. As many as 41,200 mobile connections will be made available in Jammu and Kashmir, including 13,000 each in Srinagar and Jammu, two capital cities of the state, the BSNL official said. 2600 connections each will be made available in Udhampur and Anantnag districts, 1000 each in Kathua, Pulwama, Baramulla, Badgam, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch, Leh and Kargil and Kupwara districts respectively, he said. A total 37 tower sites have been setup in the state, including 10 each in Srinagar and Jammu for smooth working of mobile services, he said adding that along Pathankote-Jammu Srinagar, 28 tower sites have been made and three in Katra Vaishnodevi axis. Kumar, however ruled out blanket permission of connections to all. 'After registration a strick bonafide check would be carried out for ascertaining the genuineness of the applicants', he said. No handsets would be given by the BSNL, which will only issue SIM cards, he said adding only post-paid (Cellone) will be there and pre- paid (Excel) will be decided later.