Poor BSNL coverage deludes subscribers in Great Nicobar hamlets

Report by: 
BALRAM SINGH
CAMPBELL BAY
25 Jul 2018

Transmission glitch in a BSNL tower at Joginder Nagar here has cut off the entire communication network of Joginder Nagar, Shashtri Nagar, Laxmi Nagar and Gandhi Nagar since the 21st of this month. According to reports, a huge tree standing right in front of the mobile tower is the major reason for such communication failure in the region.  “Remote villages in the Great Nicobar region have long been a victim of official apathy. Snags in the telecom installations of BSNL have become a routine phenomena and residents are forced to bear the brunt of official indifference. In the absence of landline or mobile phone services, we remain disconnected from the outside world. Even emergency service remain out of reach. The top authorities in the state run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited should take immediate stock of the situation and order remedial measures in the interest of the remote islanders,” said some villagers of Laxmi Nagar villagers.
When contacted, the Junior Engineer of BSNL posted at Campbell Bay informed that several letters were sent to the Assistant Commissioner for chopping down the huge tree standing in front of the tower, but to no avail. “The giant tree is causing transmission problems in the area which has affected atleast five villages here. The matter will be taken up with the appropriate authorities again for early redressal,” he assured.