J&K administration to restore broadband services in phased manner in few weeks

WION Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India Dec 06, 2019, 10.16 PM(IST)

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Sources in the administration told WION that the decision has been taken to restore the broadband internet in a phased manner beginning from December itself. "

The government has decided to restore broadband internet service in the Kashmir region after remaining suspended for over four-month following the decision to abrogate the J&K special status on August 5 this year. 

Sources in the administration told WION that the decision has been taken to restore the broadband internet in a phased manner beginning from December itself. "In this month, the broadband internet will be restored but in a phased manner, starting from north Kashmir," said a source privy to the information. 

Earlier this week, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, G C Murmu, had told reporters at the sidelines of a function in Baramulla that the internet service would be restored in Kashmir in phases, however, he had given no timeline of the restoration. 

"We are reviewing things and once it gets more normal (situation), we will do it phase-wise (internet). We have already discussed it with the administration and we are taking it up," Murmu had said. 

Both mobile and broadband internet was snapped on August 4 mid-night which according to the government was done to save lives and stop the spread of misinformation. Mobile and landlines were also suspended by the authorities but later resumed as the situation became "normal".

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had informed Rajya Sabha in November that the internet will be restored when the administration in the valley will find it appropriate to do so, citing India's security, terrorism and people's security as a reason.