BSNL Land-line, mobile and Broadband connectivity of the Bhopal subscribers disturbed after a major fire broke out in the BSNL city exchange in Royal Market area of the old city. A number of fire engines rushed to the spot. As many as sixteen fire personnel suffered injuries while trying to control the blaze and were rushed to a private hospital. The blaze started on top floor of the office early in the morning possibly due to short-circuit and soon assumed alarming proportions, they said."The incident affected the functioning of the telecommunication equipment which, in turn, impacted mobile and internet services in the city," BSNL spokesman Manish Shrivastava said. When about a dozen fire tenders from the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and BHEL area were not able to bring the fire under control, four fire tenders from the nearby army area were called, BSNL spokesman said. Cables and other gadgets worth crores of rupees were gutted.
Saturday and Sunday holiday of all the BSNL staff have been cancelled as efforts are on to restore the mobile, telephone and internet services at the earliest, said BSNL officials. Services to Madhy Pradesh(MP) and Chhattisgarh for Mobile operators also affected which was partially restored on Saturday afternoon with team efforts from Engineers and whole staff of Bhopal. Services may takes 2-3 days for being completely normal after major fire.