The last village of the tribal Kinnaur district, Chitkul, on the Indo-China border has got mobile connectivity, finally.
Public sector telephone service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has got a base transmission station operational at Chitkul. “The service has been extended to the last village in Sangla Valley. It is part of the service that BSNL extends to remote areas,” said BSNL chief general manager (Shimla) Pradeep Kumar, in a press statement issued here on Tuesday.
“The station started operations on Monday,” said Kumar, adding that the tower would provide mobile connectivity to 700 residents of Chitkul village and 400 personnel of the para-military forces who have been stationed on the border. “It will also facilitate tourists, including many foreigners, who visit the valley every year,” Kumar said.
To ensure uninterrupted power supply to the tower, BSNL has approached the state government for installation of solar panels, as power supply to tribal areas gets affected during heavy snow. However, the panels are yet to be installed.
BSNL (Shimla) additional general manager MC Singh said BSNL was the only service provider to set up a station in upper Kinnaur and Spiti valley. “Other than Chitkul, BSNL has also set up stations at Giabong in Ropa valley, Namgiya, Samdhu, Nako, Chango, Tabo, Kaza and Lossar. Work on setting up towers at Sagnam and Dhanker in Spiti valley is under process,” he added.