Srinagar, Jun 26: The Jammu and Kashmir circle of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has made special arrangements to provide smooth connectivity for communication requirements of yatris undertaking the pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, commencing from July 1.
Since prepaid connections of other states are not allowed to work in J&K, special pre-loaded Yatra SIMs are being provided by BSNL with the approval of Ministry of Home Affairs /DOT. The cost of the Yatra SIMs is Rs 230 (including the cost of STV and Plan Voucher) with 20000 sec free talk time and 1.5 GB Free data usage and validity of ten days.Since large number of pilgrims are expected. voice and SMS have been given priority over data.
For obtaining the BSNL pre-loaded Yatra SIM card, valid documents such as Proof of Address, Proof of Identity and applicant’s photograph are required to be submitted by the Yatries along with a photocopy of counterfoil of Registration Slip issued by SASB which shall be considered as local reference.
The BSNL pre-loaded Yatra SIM cards are available for the Yatries at Lakhanpur Border, Bhagwatinagar besides during working hours at Kachi-Chawani CSC & Trikutanagar CSC in Jammu and Base Camps at Baltal, Pahalgam besides Tourist Reception Centre Nowgam near Railway station in Srinagar. Yatris are requested to purchase the BSNL pre-loaded Yatra SIM cards only at these designated counters. (UNI)