Govt mulling broadband service restoration in Kashmir in next phase
After the restoration of prepaid mobile and 2G internet services, the administration is mulling to restore broadband service in the in the Valley in the next phase.
Sources said that in an informal meeting with some business players from the Valley, Chief Secretary B V R Subramaniam assured them that the broadband service would be restored in the Valley in the coming days.
“The Chief Secretary told us that to help the business fraternity to revive the badly-hit economy of the erstwhile State, authorities will soon restore the broadband service in the Valley,” they said.
On January 18, the government announced restoration of prepaid mobile connections in Kashmir and 2G internet services in the twin north Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Bandipora.
The broadband service was already restored in Jammu last year.
The Supreme Court last week came down heavily on the Jammu Kashmir administration for arbitrary shutting down internet facility and described it as a “fundamental right”.
In the intervening night of August 4 and 5, Government of India (GoI), just hours before abrogating Article 370, snapped all communication lines in the Valley to “maintain law and order” in the region.
Even though the authorities restored the postpaid mobile services last month, internet services continue to remain suspended for the past four months.
The internet ban has crippled all activities related to its usage with business and academics facing a major crisis in its absence.
As per the Supreme Court orders, the government was told to conduct a weekly review of the internet restoration in Jammu Kashmir and submit the report accordingly.
Sources said that in the next review meeting the authorities might consider restoring the broadband service in the Valley to provide a much-needed relief to the people.