After 10 Days, Internet Connectivity Restored in Kargil




After ten days of dis-connection, Internet was restored in Kargil by repairing the fault in Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) near Captain Morh at Zojjila Pass.

On one hand Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is keen to digitalize India and construct Broadband Highway but the only broadband Internet connectivity of Baharat Sanchar Nigham Limited (BSNL) in Ladakh region was closed since 20 March 2016.

The BSNL authorities in Kargil said that the internet connectivity was affected due to heavy snowfall and avalanche near Captain Morh at Zojjila Pass which was difficult to access due to the blockade of Kargil-Srinagar road at Zojjila and adjoining.

The Border Roads Organization (BRO) Project Vijayak has started the work to clear snow between Drass and Zojjila, and will reach Zojjila within next 15 to 20 days.

Meanwhile, there are only two internet cafés which provide internet facility to the people by its connection through satellite connectivity. There is no certainty that how long the internet will remain undisrupted as there is possibility of more avalanches.

Students who are going to apply for State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) and other kind of exams faced lot of trouble due to disturbance of internet connectivity.

An Internet café Owner Mohammad Qasim Said, “we faced loss during the last ten days which happens every time when the OFC is down and the chances of breakdown remains their which should be addressed as soon as possible.”


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