Kashmir Floods: BSNL Broadband missing since September 7

Srinagar: More than two weeks after the raging flood waters spelt a doom in Srinagar city, the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is yet to restart the broadband operations in the valley.
While the phone connectivity is getting better with every passing day, the broadband connectivity continues to remain down, adding to the woes of people. “I am not able to access netbanking because of which I can’t transfer money to my son who studies in an engineering college in Bangalore,” said Mohammad Amin, a resident of Budgam.
Amin, who scans newspapers in the morning to check if the authorities have given any deadline to restart the broadband operations, said that he plans to teminate his connection now. “We pay for the service and they (BSNL authorities) don’t just care. Flood waters have receded in almost all the parts of the city. Still, they are not able to restart the service,” he rued.
Residents of several areas in Budgam district, which were unaffected by the deluge, said their landline phones are working, but broadband service is down since September 5. “If phones are working, what is wrong with broadband?” they asked.
Strangely, the broadband service is working in several areas of Budgam district which include Hyderpora, Rawalpora and Rangreth, among others.

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