Residents of Ladakh’s Chushul constituency especially students have demanded installation of 4G network towers from the government as they are not able to attend online classes and are even not able to register for the Covid vaccination because of poor internet connectivity.
School children are getting affected the most since they are not able to attend school and have to attend online classes for their education but poor internet connection is disrupting their school activities.
According to Konchok Stanzin, the councillor of the local Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (Leh) of Chushul, VSAT network was installed to digitally connect all panchayats in 2019, but it works for only 8-10 people, connectivity is hampered if more people try to connect.
“Residents in the region keep asking me to set up 4G mobile towers so that there’s no disturbance in students’ education,” Stanzin added.
Moreover, Concillor said that they are not even able to register for online Covid vaccination because of internet problem because slot for vaccination gets exhausted within minutes. So, he makes a request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ladakh LG RK Mathur to consider their request and install mobile towers in border villages.
A class 7 student said that due to no connectivity in villages students come to Panchayat Ghar to access wifi, but seems to be of no help as there is a lot of rush and they are not able to attend the class and are marked absent.
Another Class 8 student said that he walks 5-6 km to attend the class, for good connectivity,but that is also of no use as WiFi gets disconnected frequently, that’s why they are demanding 4G networks in our villages.