BSNL Erects Special Towers for Yatris

SRINAGAR - For the convenience of the pilgrims undertaking the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, commencing on June 28, the Telecom Department, Govt. of India, has erected special towers at Baltal, Domel, Brarimarg, the holy cave, Panjtarni, Sheshnag and Chandanwari to ensure that telecom connectivity is available to the yatris. For the yatris who do not possess BSNL connections and those who possess mobiles with pre-paid cards which do not work in J&K, the Telecom Department has given permission to private operators, in addition to BSNL, to provide the interested yatris pre-paid Sim Cards with a validity of four days. This arrangement materialised after the Chairman of the Board, N. N. Vohra took  up the matter with the Union Communication Ministry.

Providing details, Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board (SASB) said the sim cards will be made available only to the registered yatris at special counters to be set up at the Nunwan and Baltal Yatra Base Camps. These cards will be operative only for four days to cover the journey to the shrine, from either route, and will get deactivated thereafter.

Choudhary further informed that all Yatris who are interested in obtaining the pre-paid connection must produce the counterfoil of the Yatra Registration Slip as well as proof of identity, address and UID card at the special counters.

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