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Satellite phones for pilgrims on pedestrian route to Kedarnath

The pilgrims going for holy yatra will now remain in continuous touch with the latest satellite phone facility. The district administration will provide the facility in areas which lack mobile network range. Currently, satellite PCOs have been set up at three stages on Gaurikund – Lincholi route.

Devotees have to cover a 16 km trek to reach Kedarnath Shrine. The 11 km pedestrian route from Junglechatti to Lincholi is not supported by any telecom facility. Because of no mobile network, getting in touch with the people was a big problem for the devotess which lead to numerous difficulties. To overcome this hurdle state has administration set up satellite PCOs in the area. After the succesful trial the pilgrims started enjoying the service Wednesday onwards. Now thay are able to contact their family members without any hassle.

SDRF is the in charge and is taking care of its operation well. BSNLs Senior Division Engineer DSPT P K SIngh told the facility is made available in the three points Chota Lincholi, Rudra Point and Chani Camp. Dr Raghav Langar of Rudraprayag said the place which had major problems of poor mobile network are now equipped with this service.

Areas with no mobile connectivity

– Junglechatti to Lincholi (8 km)
– Lincholi to Rudra Point (3 km)

Changes made

– PCOs set up in Lincholi, Rudra Point and Chani Camp
– Call rate Rs. 5/min.
– SDRF will regulate the service under the Direction of District Administration.
– Approx 1.5k pilgrims visiting Kedar baba daily

News Source : Dainik Jagran, Rudraprayag

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Published Date: May 14, 2015
Last Updated On: May 14, 2015
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