Pithoragarh, July 15
Residents of the Talla Desh area in Champawat district today held a protest in support of their demand for a separate development block for a population of 25,000. They submitted a 13-demand memorandum to the District Magistrate.
Villagers of Talladesh and Tamli under the banner of Talla Desh Mahapanchayat Vikash Manch marched in a procession around the district headquarters and shouted slogans against the non-implementation of developmental schemes by successive governments.
“Though we have apprised public representatives about our problems, we are still carrying expectant mothers on palanquins to main roads to be transported to nearby health centre. We have school buildings for children but no teachers there. There are no doctors and other medical staff at primary health centres,” said Dilip Singh Mahar, president of the Mahapanchayat.
The protesting villagers also demanded the subdivision status for Manch village, a polytechnic college, and a degree college in the area, 108 emergency services, nine local roads in the Tamli area and mobile phone towers at the village. “In the absence of all these basic facilities, the residents of the Tamli area will continue to suffer and remain backward like their forefathers,” Mahar said.
Dharchula traders resent poor BSNL services
Dharchula traders have threatened to launch a stir against the non- availability of proper mobile phone services in the town. They said BSNL was not providing good mobile phone services in the border area while Napelese were enjoying good telephone services in their country.
“Due to ineffective mobile phone services by BSNL in Dharchula, Indian customers are compelled to purchase SIMs of Nepalese telecom companies the connections of which work everywhere in the town and even in higher villages. Even the Dharchula market has the facility to recharge these Nepalese SIMs,” said a source in the traders’ union.
“Due to ineffective BSNL services and lack of other telecom service providers, Nepalese companies are making money by providing services to people in Dharchula,” Bhupendra Singh Thapa, president of traders’ body in Dharchula, said. Thapa said BSNL could not fulfil its assurances to give effective mobile phone services to customers.
“As the lone BSNL tower installed in the town has a range of 2 km, the rest of Dharchula town and high altitude valleys of Byans, Chaundas, and Darma are deprived of mobile phone services at a time when the country is using 3G services,” he said.
Meanhwile, BSNL officials said BSNL was not installing more towers due to security reasons.

Courtesy: The Tribune

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