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Army, people’s power cell service in a village on the coast of Pangong | India News


LEH: After years of waiting for telecom connectivity, the residents of Merak, an advanced village facing the Finger 3 area on the southern shore of Pangong Lake in Ladakh, found a novel formula to make their dream come true.
In an unusual example of collaboration, the Army agreed to allocate capacity on a 25 km fiber optic cable link to Chushul for civilian traffic, the state telecommunications service provider BSNL installed the equipment, villagers provided the labor and the money for a solar installation. The storage facility came from Councilor Konchok Stanzin’s constituency development fund.
The town finally reached the country’s telecommunications map on March 1 and has 24×7 service.
“The model was applied to launch the telecommunications service in Lukung in 2017 and Kargyam. I’m trying to replicate it to start the service in Phobrang, ”Stanzin, who represents the Chushul constituency on the Ladakh Autonomous Development Council, told TOI.
Lukung is the gateway to the 135 km long Pangong Lake, just over 150 km from Leh. Phobrang is the gateway to Gogra and Depsang, areas of continuous confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops.
Stanzin said that good telecom connectivity in border villages is strategically important. “Villages are a key element of border defense. Our border villages are not connected or service is spotty. You can see more than one tower on the other side that has a strong signal, ”he said.
The quality of the service also continues to be a source of complaint for the villagers. “Yes, calls can be made from Merak and other similar villages. But it is a 2G service. So there is no internet and no access to online courses. Villagers want at least 3G service. The government must pay more attention to this issue, ”he said.
The divisional commissioner, Saugat Biswas, said the government was watching the situation and connecting all the remote villages. “Satellite phones have been delivered to 80 towns with voice and data connection. V-SATS with localized internet service are being installed and 120 DSPTs have been approved. They have already been created around 18-19 and 124 have been tendered, ”Biswas told TOI.
In addition, 24 sites have been authorized under the USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund) for the installation of mobile services.
But for Stanzin, the capacity of the solar storage unit at remote sites is also an issue. “Now we have 5 KVA units. The harsh winter reduces the life of the batteries. These should be raised to 10 KVA, ”Stanzin said.

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