Delhi approves mobile towers for IB to help border dwellers


JAMMU: According to Indian informed sources, in order to check mobile network signals of Pakistan along the International Border (IB) and provide better communication facilities to security personnel deployed on the borders with Pakistan as well as the local people living on the frontiers, the Union Communication Ministry has approved installation of eight mobile towers close to the IB in Hiranagar, Kathua and Samba sectors.

The order to this effect has been issued by the Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha before imposition of the Model Code of Conduct in the country in view of the Lok Sabha elections. Sinha has addressed copy of the order to Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, who happens to be the MP from Kathua-Udhampur-Doda Parliamentary constituency and had been pursuing hard for installation of mobile towers in the border areas for convenience of the local people as well as security personnel.

Official sources told the Excelsior that mobile telephone companies were not ready to install towers in the border areas due to fewer population and low number of subscribers, a result of which the people and security forces, deployed along the borders in Kathua, Hiranagar and Samba sectors had been suffering lot of problems on account of communication.
The Communications Ministry has finally approved installation of eight mobile towers in the border areas of Kathua, Hiranagar and Samba sectors on urgent basis, sources said, adding with these towers, entire border belt from Kathua to Samba will get mobile network signal of the BSNL and communication problems of the people will be addressed.