Ukhrul: The deputy commissioner of Ukhnul, Kengoo Zuringla on November 17 wrote to the chief secretary of Manipur, requesting to operationalise more mobile towers in Ukhrul district — 24 Airtel towers, 6 Jio towers and 3 BSNL towers in Ukhrul district headquarters.
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Kengoo in the letter stated the “non-availability of internet services in most of the area of Ukhrul town have paralyzed the academic activities of the students hampering their academic progress and their future opportunities. Livelihood activities, education sector, competitive exam aspirants and small businesses or entrepreneurs are facing substantial economic losses for not being able to transact online.”
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The letter to the chief secretary also highlighted the normalcy in law and order situation in Ukhrul district, unaffected by the ongoing State violence that erupted since May 3, 2023.
The deputy commissioner pointed out that “Ukhrul district is not affected by the violence, neither is there any adverse law and order situation reported till date in the district.”
“Considering the normalcy of daily livelihood activities and the general peaceful atmosphere in the district headquarters, it is to request you to operationalise the mobile towers in Ukhrul town whose list is annexed with locations to enable normal economic activities and livelihood,” Kengoo further argued.
It is worth mentioning that the Raphei Katamnao Long-the apex student body of northern part of Ukhrul district on November 15 had appealed the State government to operationalise mobile internet service in the whole area of Ukhrul district headquarters and Raphei area.
The report carried by Ukhrul Times on November 15 revealed the disparities in operationalisation of mobile towers in Ukhrul and Kamjong hill districts of Manipur — In contrast to around 29 mobile towers operating and in function in Senapati district headquarters, only 2 mobile towers in Kamjong district and only 3 mobile towers in Ukhrul district were operationalised then.
November 15 report also explained why the populace of Ukhrul town have been experiencing slow speed internet. This was due to the bare minimum of mobile towers operationalised in the town then which consisted of two normal towers and one ULS Tower. The three towers combined generating capacity is around 3000 GB per day for a population of more than 60000.