Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has provided mobile coverage on the entire route of Amarnathji Yatra. Customers from any other state having BSNL or MTNL Postpaid mobile connection with roaming facility on their phone and all BSNL mobile customers from J&K State will have almost continuous mobile service right up to the Holy Cave.
Initially the service was launched in July-2010 and inaugurated by Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology as we shared on TelecomTalk.
Every year, more than 3 lakh pilgrims visit Amarnath Yatra in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, for which the devotees have to trek to a height of 14,500 feet. BSNL is the only service provider which made GSM coverage available on the entire Yatra route.
Roaming of other States Prepaid mobile subscribers is not allowed in the state of J&K but roaming of Postpaid BSNL & MTNL subscribers from all other States works very well.
BSNL has made special arrangements at Registration/ Base campus to provide Prepaid mobile connections for Yatris, for which they should carry passport size photographs, valid Identity and valid address proof with them.
Mobile tower at Base Campus of Baltaal, Domail & Chandanwadi were made operative in the month of May itself to help Army, Para Military Forces, SASB and LANGAR organizers to make better arrangements for Yatris.
Now both the routes of Baltaal and Pehalgam including Sheshnag, Panchatarini & Holy Cave have complete coverage with BSNL mobile network.