HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Most landline phones of police offices in the Katmandu Valley have gone one way.
With these offices not bothering to pay monthly phone bills of around Rs 12,000 each, telecom operators have put a stop on outgoing calls.
Because of this, security personnel have no option but to make calls through a Closed User Group numbers, which the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, has provided to cope with mounting telephone tariff.
The MPR allocates funds to all police Circles and Sectors in Kathmandu for the payment of telephone tariff. At present, however, security personnel have been making do with CUG numbers as MPR has said it does not have enough funds to pay phone bills.
Dhiraj Pratap Singh, spokesperson at MPR Hanumandhoka, confirmed that phones have gone one way owing to budget crunch. “With duty officers and police personnel always busy on the phone, expenses spiralled. Earlier, a police office used to have monthly telephone bill amounting roughly to Rs 1,3000. Now it has increased to Rs 3,000,” said Singh.
CUG numbers are meant to check misuse of the telephone in the offices. Singh said landlines will be two-way once MPR gets the budget. With landlines going one way, members of the general public have begun complaining that duty officers dilly dally in picking the phone.