Bengaluru: Mobile and internet connectivity are so important these days, aren’t they?

From ordering stuff online to educating kids, internet connectivity plays a phenomenal role.
However, even after several decades of India getting independence, two villages near Ladakh had not got mobile connectivity. 

Finally, they got one yesterday (March 10). 

Merak and Khakted villages on the southern side of Pangong Tso are the villages in question. 

Member of Parliament Jamyang Tsering Namgyal tweeted this piece of news to the outside world. 


As per a report in India Times, under operation Sadbhavana, the Army laid Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) to fulfil the decades-old dream of the villagers to have mobile connectivity. As per All India Radio correspondent, BSNL provided the equipment and Councillor Konchok Stanzin provided solar power systems to the project.

“Providing connectivity to uncovered villages of J&K, Ladakh, and other priority areas, the Government is implementing a scheme to provide mobile services on technology-neutral outcome-based approach in 354 villages,” a report quoted by the website said. 

Additionally, it said, “The areas to be covered fall in far-flung places and border areas of strategic importance. This scheme will improve the lives of people including the government official serving in such places”.