PTCL staff keep telecom network alive in Swat -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PTCL staff keep telecom network alive in Swat

KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Company employees are committed to provide services in the insurgency-affected even at the risk of life and limb.

The PTCL spokesperson said that PTCL line staff of Senior Manager Operation Swat is working with great devotion and courage in war affected areas of Swat. “Our staff is performing their duties in Kabal, Kanju, Totano Banda, Khawaza khella, Malam Jabba, Mingora, Saidu Sharif, Sangotta, Islampur, Jambile, Tindo Daag, Koozaa Banda, Matta, Devlalai, Doog Dara, Qaala Ghai, Dir, Taimerghara, and Chitral,” he said.

He added that helicopter shelling has ruined the entire underground cable network, while miscreants have taken away exchange switching and power plant equipment in Char Bagh and Loai Sim.

Thrice the militants have damaged the transmission equipment. It was repaired twice and at third instance they didn’t allow the staff to do the repair work.

The spokesperson reminded that the Oct 29 2008 earthquake in Balochistan caused precious loss of life and property also devastated the telecom infrastructure. The Radio Link Repeaters are installed at the peaks of the mountains in the area for getting line-of-sight accessibility for the telecom systems for the low level population. The problem was traced out at Kato Repeater, on the top of Ziarat Mountains and restored after three hours in spite of logistic and accessible difficulties.

Similarly the telephone lines of the customers in three Telephone Exchanges were broken which have been attended promptly by the staff of Kawas, Kan, Ahmedoon, Khanozai and Ziarat despite of the fact the same staff was also among the earthquake victims.

The PTCL employees played an effective role in providing reliable telephone services to the rescue teams of Army and Paramilitary forces in the disaster area.

The candid and effective efforts of the PTCL have been highly appreciated by the Army Signal Corp.

The Telecommunication services remained available and supportive during the rehabilitation activities in these areas by the government.

In war torn areas and in the emergency situation like natural disaster our line men are working day and night for restoration of damaged cables and their efforts must be appreciated and honored he added.

Source: The News

Date:1/8/2009