Divisional Commissioner Dr Raghav Langer today chaired a meeting of regional heads of mobile service companies to review the action plan they have formulated to provide / improve mobile connectivity in gray areas, remote areas and border areas of Jammu Division.
Div Com said facilitating connectivity in remote, difficult and border areas is the government’s top priority to improve the quality of life for the local population as well as those working in these areas.
He said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has plans to develop several new tourist destinations in all districts of Jammu Division and the deputy commissioners shared the list of tourist places / destinations that have poor mobile connectivity. He mentioned that there were specific directives from the office of the lieutenant governor to facilitate the infrastructure development of telecom companies to improve / provide better mobile connectivity in the districts.
The Div Com also pointed out that the need for mobile / internet connectivity has arisen during the ongoing pandemic as schools are providing education through the online mode and many remote areas, especially hilly districts, have been faced with this problem and the government plans to break down all these barriers. .
During the meeting, the service providers explained that various projects are being implemented by them in the districts of Jammu Division to provide connectivity in remote areas and gray areas. They informed about the areas already covered and those for which they plan to provide the services. It has been informed that BSNL, JIO, Airtel have implemented various projects and some of them are nearing completion.
The mobile service providers have also informed Div Com of pending NOC cases at various levels. As part of the JKCCIP (Communication and connectivity infrastructure policy J & K-2020); DCs are the competent district authorities for granting time-limited authorizations and resolving issues. The policy also provides for a dispute resolution mechanism between the mobile service provider and individuals.
During the review of the action plan for the coverage of border villages, the meeting was informed that some files are in the hands of the defense / army authorities for approval. In accordance with DoT guidelines, the required approvals are required from the relevant local military authorities for the erection of towers within 10 km of border fences.
The Div Com has asked the relevant officers to speed up the process and resolve any pending cases if the service providers adhere to the security settings (guidelines) to ensure connectivity in border areas.
The Deputy Commissioners also informed the Div Com of the uncovered areas of their respective districts and the service providers were informed of the action plan for each location.
The Div Com directed DCs to appoint nodal agents at district and sub-division levels to coordinate with service providers and facilitate work on infrastructure development projects. He also asked the service providers to share the updated list of pending cases with the relevant DCs so that the process can be expedited.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Jammu, Joint Chief Information Officer, SSP Telecommunication Jammu, Regional Heads / Representatives from BSNL, Reliance JIO, Airtel, Vodafone / Idea, 16 cops and others concerned while Jammu Division Deputy Commissioners as well as other relevant officers attended the meeting via videoconference.