Shimla, August 1, 2010 (Calcutta Tube) State-owned cellular operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Tuesday connected Himachal Pradesh’s remote Miyar Valley with the mobile phone network, an official said.
‘The mobile services began with the installation of a tower at Tinget village (Lahaul and Spiti district),’ BSNL subdivisional officer K.S. Verma told IANS from Keylong, the district headquarters, over telephone.
He said that the mobile phone service would benefit over 1,000 people settled in six villages across the valley. The area is already connected with BSNL’s landline service.
Verma said only the Tindi Valley in the district was now left without the mobile network.
BSNL has more than 14 lakh mobile subscribers in the state.
The picturesque Miyar Valley is a preferred destination for adventure tourists.
The climatic conditions of the entire Lahaul and Spiti district, dominated mainly by tribals, are harsh as much of the land falls under a cold desert where the temperature plummets to as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius in winter.