As per industry sources, Reliance Jio and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will be providing connectivity to the people in around 200 villages in Uttarakhand near Indo-Nepal and China border. Reportedly, BSNL will provide internet connection to at least 141 villages; whereas, Jio will provide connectivity to the rest of the 56 border villages.

The move has come in the wake of weak connectivity and heavy rains for almost a week in the border areas especially in the Kumaon region’s Pithorgarh disrupting banking, post office and other important services in the area causing inconvenience to the locals.

To this end, the state IT department authorities and BSNL officials along with the district administration of Pithorgarh conducted an inspection and decided to boost connectivity in the far-lying remote areas near the border. The authorities on field informed that around 197 villages in the border area require internet connection.

This initiative is aimed at addressing digital world related issues and arresting the migration issue in the hills of Uttarakhand. Furthermore, the district administration will also be able to provide health and education services through online measures.