People wait in queues for 4 days to get phone lines in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Oct 14 (UNI) The invention of communication lines may have made the world a small place, but obtaining one can be a 'long' shot in the Himalayan nation.

People at Damauli in western Nepal, waited for four days in queues to get telephone lines.

Villagers from remote parts of Nepal have set up camps to stay in queue from last Friday to get RUIM-cards of CDMA phones from tomorrow, Kantipur reported.

They set camp outside the Nepal Telecom branch office with mats and beds to sleep on the queue until tomorrow, the date of telephone distribution.

People who have set up camps said they have put in a lot of efforts, as the telecom announced that it would serve on a first come, first served basis and only 1000 telephone will be distributed.

The Telecom Office received over 1,600 applications for the RUIM-cards by last evening, however, plans to distribute only 1,000 cards in the first-phase, Chief of the Nepal Telecom district office Sunil das Manandhar was quoted as saying.

To date, over 5,500 mobile, 3,000 PSTN, and 4,000 CDMA phones have been distributed in the district.

Distribution of telephone lines has been intensified after the restoration of democracy in 1990, however, still there are no telephone lines in remote areas of Nepal.

UNI

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