Altaf Bukhari censures telecos for poor services

Altaf Bukhari censures telecos for poor services

While referring to the poor landline, broadband internet and allied services, Bukhari has said that the tall claims made by telecommunication companies particularly the BSNL about restoration of its s

Asking telcom service providers particularly the government -run BSNL to improve their services, senior PDP leader and MLA elect Amirakadal Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari has said the poor mobilephone and landline service is giving tough time to the millions of subscribers in the Valley.

In this connection Bukhari has shot a communiqué to the Minister of Communications & Information Technology New Delhi bringing into his notice the plight of subscribers who are directly and indirectly affected by the poor services offered by the telecommunication companies operating in Kashmir.

While referring to the poor landline, broadband internet and allied services, Bukhari has said that the tall claims made by telecommunication companies particularly the BSNL about restoration of its services in short span of time after floods have proved hoax.

“The role of telecom companies has been worst during the floods and they are still operating on a snail’s pace. Four months have passed since the flood devastated Kashmir in September last year, the subscribers particularly those having BSNL landline and cellular connections find it difficult to make a call, surf internet or avail a smooth broadband internet facility in their homes and offices. Same is the case with private telecom companies who earn thousands of crores in terms of revenue but hardly bother streamlining their cellular services in Kashmir,” Bukhari opined.

The MLA elect said the poor and dismal telecommunication services have also affected the business community in Kashmir particularly the tour and travel companies who are not able to make regular contacts with their outside state agencies because of poor internet and mobile telephonic services.

“Similarly the families of students studying outside J&K complain of poor mobile and internet connectivity when they try to talk or chat with their wards. This dismal situation needs to be changed without any delay.” Stressing on telecom authorities to streamline the mobile and internet connectivity, Bukhari said that temporary initiatives like intra-circle roaming arrangements between various mobile service operators in Kashmir should be continued for facilitating smooth mobile services to the subscribers particularly in far flung areas of the Valley.