Pvt cellular companies fail to resume SMS service despite Govt nod
A day after the government announced the restoration of SMS and broadband service in hospitals in Jammu Kashmir, private cellular companies are yet to resume the services owing to the technical snag.
Apart from the government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), cellular companies like Jio and Airtel are still upgrading their system to resume the SMS services in the Valley.
On Tuesday, the government announced that the broadband internet service would be restored in government-run hospitals and SMS facility on all mobiles from Tuesday midnight in Kashmir.
The service was supposed to be restored after four and a half months.
However, an official from Airtel said they were still updating their system before resuming the service in the region.
“We were having some technical issues but we are upgrading the system. Once the process is complete, the service will be restored,” an official said.
An official from Jio blamed the technical issues for not restoring SMS service.
In the intervening night of August 4 and August 5, authorities suspended all communication lines across the Valley to “prevent any law and order situation” in response to the Government of India’s decision of abrogation of Article 370.
Even though the administration restored postpaid mobile connectivity in Kashmir after two months, internet and SMS services continue to remain suspended till date.
Internet and SMS blockade in Kashmir continues to hit all spheres of life with businessmen and students facing the major brunt of the ban.
Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Sameer Matto said even though they had resumed broadband service in some hospitals, majority of the hospitals in the peripherals are still to be connected to internet.
The internet service was restored in SMHS Hospital on Wednesday that comes under the Government Medical College.
Internet service was already restored in SKIMS Hospital three weeks earlier.
Meanwhile, talking to RK Spokesman Rohit Kansal said they had communicated private cellular companies to restore the services but were facing some technical issues to resume the service.
“BSNL has restored the service but as far as Jio and Airtel are concerned they were having some technical issues. But I am sure they will also resume the services soon,” Kansal said.
On restoring internet service to the hospitals, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan said those hospitals in which internet services are yet to restored have to clear their bills.
“There are some hospitals which have not cleared their previous bills. So I have asked the hospital administration to clear all their dues before the service will be resumed,” Khan said.