HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nineteen districts are cut off from the rest of the country as the telecommunication facility is completely destroyed by the Maoists and efforts to reinstate the equipment have been hindered due to security reasons, telecommunication officials said here today. Speaking at a meeting called by the rural area development committee of the National Assembly, Ratna Kaji Tuladhar, deputy general manager of the Nepal Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) said that the airlines chosen to reach the VSAT equipment in those districts are demanding security. “They are hesitating to go to the districts due to security reasons particularly after the Karnali Air incident,” he said. “The equipment are too heavy and some of the districts do not even haveroads.” The districts with no telecommunicationf acility at all are - Bajhang,Darchula, Achham, Kalikot, Jajarkot, Rukum, Rolpa, Jumla, Gulmi, Arghakhanchi, Lamjung, Dhading, Rasuwa, Okhaldhunga, Khotang, Bajura, Solukhumbu, Dailekh and Humla. “If security is ensured we could establish VSAT with two telephone lines at least in the district headquarters,” Tuladhar said. The Maoists have destroyed a total of 114 towers till date and 8,000 telephone lines are out of operatoin.The meeting called to seek information about the state of communication in the country was attended by communication and information secretary Mukunda Prasad Sharma and the chiefs of Radio Nepal and NTV.