State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigal Ltd (BSNL) offer free calls (local as well as STD) and free SMS service to all those BSNL customers who will be using its mobile network in Srinagar. Government on Saturday announced that the people in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir would get free telecom services for a week on the BSNL network. BSNL said not only those customers who belong to that area but also the BSNL customers from other states of North Zone reaching Srinagar area for relief and rescue operations will be able to make free calls. The facility has already been made available from night of September 11, 2014.
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said people in flood-hit Kashmir will get free telecom services for a week on BSNL network, and mobile networks have been substantially or partially restored in the valley, except Poonch. Of the total 12,306 base transceiver stations (BTS) or mobile towers in J&K, 6,811 were submerged, he said, adding that of these the government has restored 1,208. "People can talk free for a week on BSNL's network in the flood affected areas.