Nimbutala villagers vexed over erratic BSNL services

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SUBRATA
NIMBUTALA
17 Jun 2017

Vexed over poor telecom services, hundreds of residents of Nimbutala and adjoining areas are now up in arms against the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, which despite tall claims, has failed to ensure reliable connectivity in the region. The rage among villagers over the poor services of BSNL has mounted manifold and a massive public outrage over the state of affairs is reportedly impending in near future, according to sources. So unpredictable has become the mobile services in the centre of the North and Middle Andaman region that scenes of people wandering about with their handsets in search of proper signals has become widespread recently.
According to information, from landline services to internet connections and mobile services including Datacard, 3G etc provided in this region by the premier service provider has become so unreliable that many subscribers have declared their equipment  are merely millstones. Without any backup facility, connectivity remains out of reach for many hours in a day. Despite repeated complaints, the ace service provider has failed to redress the concern in the remote region.
“This region has a good number of telecom subscriptions after Rangat in Middle Andaman. While, Rangat and Mayabunder are blessed with constant telecom connectivity, villagers here are left bereft of the modern  facility.  Consumers avail almost all the services of BSNL from Landlines to Broadband, Cellular connections etc. However the premier service provider has not been living up to the expectations of scores of consumers in this region,” said some villagers.
Distraught by the apathy of the BSNL authorities, a group of villagers met the Pradhan of the area to register their protest on Friday. The Pradhan informed the villagers that the issues of poor BSNL services have been raised on several occasions by the Panchayat. Villagers submitted a joint representation to the Pradhan stating that if the issue is not redressed within a period o f 15 days, a massive protest will be held in the region.