Telecom service in rural Dhenkanal a distant dream

Lack of funds for  infrastructural development, shortage of cables and apathy of the Centre towards extending telecommunication to rural areas have upset people.

Published: 12th December 2016 04:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2016 04:20 AM   |  A+A-

Telecom-reuters

Image for representational purpose only.

By Express News Service

DHENKANAL:Lack of funds for  infrastructural development, shortage of cables and apathy of the Centre towards extending telecommunication to rural areas have upset people  waiting for broadband and landline facility in Dhenkanal district.

The schemes introduced by BSNL to provide telecommunication facilities in rural areas like landline, kiosk, WLL and other services have fallen flat. The situation is so pathetic that even people staying within seven kms from district headquarters town have not been provided a landline facility.

The residents of Kankadapal, Ranja and its adjacent villages in Sadar block, are yet to be provided landline facility and a broadband connection only seems a dream for them.

Ranapesi and its adjacent villages, located about five to six kms from district headquarters, neither have landline phone nor any other telecom connection with interruption-free service. This has not only hit business prospects but also failed to serve the e-service purpose in information and business activities in rural areas besides education.

A youth Chandu Das of Ranja said he had applied for a kiosk more than a month back but was denied one by the authorities concerned after running from pillar to post to avail th facility.

Even mobile service is often interrupted in Dhenkanal telecom district (Dhenkanal-Angul) in the absence of adequate number of mobile tower stations (BTS-Base Transgivers Station).
Sources said, 206 BTS have been installed but those are insufficient compared to number of mobile connections in service.

Dhenkanal Telecom district GMTD, Harish Mohanty, said fund crunch has hampered infrastructure development. We don’t have cable to provide landline for which the requisitions of hundreds of people for connections, both commercial and domestic purposes, are blocked.

The BSNL has decided to install 91 more BTS in Dhenkanal telecom district within a year. This was decided at a meeting in presence TRAI representative R N Sahoo and senior telecom officers recently.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp