Radio Kashmir back on air

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2014 00:31 IST

The Radio Kashmir has started its service from a makeshift camp at Shankracharya. It was started on Thursday evening, but got snapped after a short while. However, it was back on Friday.

The service had been snapped since last Saturday. The people were even making calls asking the announcers to put chief minister on line.

The resumption of service has also put an end to rumours that the radio station was deliberately taken off the air, so that the people don't get to know the real picture of the crisis.
The radio has huge audiences in the Valley. The number swelled even more when many parts of the area in the Srinagar city were flooded and the mobile network services were erratic or simply not working.

Now, it's taking phone calls of the people wanting to know about the whereabouts of their relatives and family members. The phone calls are also coming from people who are cut off and wanting to tell their kith and kin that they are alive and safe.

The Radio Kashmir has made available phone number on which the people can send the SMSes.
"I am not able to connect to my family for the last five days. Please tell them I am safe," was a message from Abdul Rashid, a resident of Rajbagh, who is now staying at Kulgam.

A number of messages were also about to get information of the situation in different parts of the city and whether the exams of the Kashmir University have been postponed. There were messages asking the announcers to tell authorities about their locations with a request to send the relief and rescue team.

The listeners are also sending messages telling their family members to contact them immediately.
Since the service went off the air, rumours were doing the rounds that the service was a deliberate took off the air by the authorities, so that the people don't come to know about the extent of damage or deaths. It was being rumoured that thousands have perished and to hide it the service was taken off the air.

Since the service was resumed, not a single call was made about the death due to floods.

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