Fixed telephone services re-established in most parts of the valley: Officials

Communication restrictions have been relaxed as the situation improves




Posted on 08/25/19, 06:24 AM

Communication restrictions in Kashmir have been relaxed to some extent and landline telephone services have been restored to most parts of the valley as the situation improves, officials said on Sunday.

No untoward incidents were reported in the valley on Saturday, they said, adding that communication restrictions had been relaxed in light of the improving situation.

Fixed telephone services have been restored to most parts of the valley, officials said.

They said a few other telephone exchanges providing landline services, including in Srinagar, were re-established on Saturday evening.

The process of fully restoring landline connectivity, uncovered in a few pockets, is underway and more phone lines will be restored soon, they added.

However, services continued to remain broken in the Lal Chowk Mall and Press Enclave here.

Principal secretary and government spokesman Rohit Kansal said on Saturday that eight other exchanges with 5,300 landlines would be re-established over the weekend.

However, mobile phone and internet services, including broadband internet and private leased lines from BSNL, remain unavailable. They were broken on August 5 when the Center repealed the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganized the state into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Restrictions were lifted in most parts of the Kashmir Valley, but the deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order.

Markets across Kashmir remained closed for the 21st day in a row as shops and other commercial establishments were closed, while public transport was also off the roads, officials said.

The weekly flea market was also not open.

However, some vendors have set up stalls in a few areas of the city, they said.

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