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More relief for J&K: Postpaid mobile services likely to resume from Monday

The services were likely to be resumed Saturday but a last minute technical hitch led to postponing of the resumption of services

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

A man rides a bicycle past the closed shops and hotels during restrictions, after scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir 	Photo: Reuters/File
Restrictions were imposed 69 days ago after the Centre abrogated Jammu and Kashmir's special status

Postpaid mobile services, which were slated to resume on Saturday in Kashmir, are likely to begin from Monday, a major step towards easing curbs in the state, officials said.

Restrictions were imposed 69 days ago after the Centre abrogated Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

The announcement regarding the postpaid mobile services will be made by the state administration on Saturday, they said.

The administration has been examining various options with regard to suspension of mobile phone services which have come in for severe criticism for causing hardships to about 7 million residents of the Valley.

At one point, it was planned to open only BSNL services followed by allowing activating only incoming calls run by private telecom operators.

However, it has now been decided to go the whole hog by allowing operationalisation of all postpaid phones run by all operators and numbering around 4 million subscriber. This will leave out about 2.6 million prepaid mobile subscribers.

The services were likely to be resumed Saturday but a last minute technical hitch led to postponing of the resumption of services.

The subscribers will have to, however, wait for some more time for the Internet services to resume in the valley, they said.

The move comes barely days after the Centre issued an advisory opening the valley for tourists. Travel association bodies had approached the administration, saying that no tourist would like to come to the valley where no mobile phones working.

The mobile services in were shut down on August 5 after the Centre announced in New Delhi the abrogation of the special status guaranteed to the state under of the Constitution.

Partial fixed line telephony was resumed in the valley on August 17, and by September 4 all landlines, numbering nearly 50,000, were declared operational.

In Jammu, the communication system was restored within days of the blockade and even mobile Internet was started around mid-August. However, after its misuse, the Internet facility on cellular phones was snapped on August 18.

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First Published: Sat, October 12 2019. 11:50 IST
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