Standing Tall: Locals get Reliance Jio poles removed

Reliance Jio poles removed mussoorie

Prachi Raturi



Mussoorie finally showed what it is to come together. Following pictures of poles being put for telecom major Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd , by workers at around 2 am on Friday, an impromptu call to all “Mussoorie lovers” to come and join the protest at Municipal Council saw a furor of sorts.

It needs to be noted that Jio has already dug roads in Mussoorie thrice. This time around, the company decided to put poles across the town in a bit to “connect it through optic network.”

The connectivity is a part of a 4 crore 54 lac project to give Uttarakhand optical connectivity. The work for it began in April this year and was scheduled to be completed by September first week.

Interestingly, though the permission had been given for underground cabling, permanent iron poles were being put up all across the town.

Following a series of complain letters by Mussoorie Traders and Welfare Association, Mussoorie Hotels Association as well as All India Trade Union Congress, Mussoorie in August end, the work had been suspended temporarily.

But with footage of men wrapped in blankets putting poles in the dead of the night floated on Friday morning, angry citizens came together, shouting slogans against the municipal council officials as well as Jio.

Speaking to eNewsDesk, Rajat Aggarwal, Mussoorie Traders and Welfare Association who was spearheading the protest said, “We were sure we didn’t want to take this lying down. It was clear rules were being flouted.”

Hotelier Sandeep Sahney said, “We have seen how irresponsibly the work was carried out by the company earlier, Roads were dug and never repaired. Besides what is the big idea putting poles on roads. The connectivity could have been established through the already existing wires that they put. This is sheer harassment.”

Following slogan shouting and animated discussions, the group went to the telecom major’s office in Mussoorie. Finally the Municipal Council officials ordered the poles to be removed with immediate effect and police made sure the work is being carried out even as we file this report.