Jammu & Kashmir: 2G mobile internet restored in 5 districts, 50,000 landlines operational in 17 Valley exchanges
In view of security concerns in Jammu, mobile internet services were suspended on August 5. The restrictions on the telecom services were continued in the wake of abrogation of Article 370. Earlier on Friday, the government decided to lift restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, in a phased and gradual manner. On Saturday, after many days of the restrictions, mobile internet services were restored in 5 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Beginning Saturday morning, 2G mobile internet services have been restored in Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts of the region. In Kashmir Valley too, landline services have been restored in 17 exchanges on Saturday morning, according to officials. 17 telephone exchanges were made operational out of more than 100. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport of Srinagar district.
The landline services have been restored in Sonamarg, Budgam and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. In north Kashmir, the services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas. In south Kashmir, the landline services have been made operational in Qazigund and Pahalgam areas. Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were suspended in the early hours of August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
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