Aircel restores services in areas of flooded region

16 Sep 2014

The Times of India writes that Aircel has restored mobile services in most areas of the flood ravaged Kashmir Valley region and has offered use of its network to other mobile service providers to help people to connect with their families and friends in Jammu & Kashmir. The recent disaster knocked out essential infrastructure, crippling mobile and fixed services throughout the J&K area and following a week of round-the-clock repairs, Aircel’s mobile services are now operating in Anantnag, Shopian, Bandipora, Kulgam, Pulwama, Srinagar, Budgam, Bonigam and Ganderbal. Aircel has deployed booths with handsets and mobile charging units to allow users to make free calls, and has adjusted its billing to ensure that all pre-and post-paid subscribers have sufficient credit to make calls for the duration of the crisis.

Meanwhile, state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has also been able to restore some services, with some 92 flood-damaged base stations restored, whilst a total of 473 towers are functional in the Kashmir Valley.