SRINAGAR: The cellphones in the tourist destination of Sopore hills in Baramulla district, North Kashmir, have started ringing as the area finally receives mobile connectivity after two decades since its launch in the valley.
Rampura, a village located approximately 30 kilometers away from Sopore town, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes nestled amidst lush green valleys and towering mountains. Until now, it had remained disconnected from the rapid technological advancements, but it has now gained access to mobile and internet services.
Local residents expressed their gratitude to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, stating that this fulfilled a long-standing demand.
A local resident, Bashir Ahmad, remarked, “Now, our area will be connected with the rest of the world. The installation of the Jio mobile tower has brought immense cheer and relief to us, especially the students who were suffering greatly.”
Bashir added that the lack of mobile network connectivity had deprived the villagers of various government-sponsored schemes, but now they see this as a new beginning.
A teacher named Parveez Ahmad highlighted the significance of mobile reception in the village, enabling them to address the demands of students and schools promptly. He emphasized that students would no longer miss out on their online assignments.
Similarly, Ubaid Wali, a student at the government higher secondary school, expressed deep gratitude to the administration, stating that they can now utilize Google and other technology platforms, as well as participate in online classes that were previously only a distant dream.
The villagers consider this development a “dream come true.”
On November 8, 2022, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar requested telecom authorities to provide mobile connectivity to the uncovered rural areas in the district, including the Rampura Rajpora hamlet. (KNO)