SRINAGAR: Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary on Wednesday said that most telephone exchanges in Kashmir valley will be made functional by tonight. DM Choudhary added that mobile connectivity is being restored gradually in the region and it is already functional in Kupwara. He thanked the people of Jammu and Kashmir for maintaining patience and expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to them due to the restrictions.
"Most telephone exchanges to be functional tonight across Valley. Mobiles being restored gradually, already buzzing in Kupwara. Thanks for patience and regrets for inconvenience," tweeted DM Choudhary.
It may be recalled that landline and mobile phone services and the Internet were suspended in Kashmir Valley on August 5 few hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre had also announced its decision to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The government had said that mobile, landline and Internet services were suspended in Jammu and Kashmir in order to maintain law and order in the region following its decision to revoke Article 370.
Few days ago, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had justified the government's decision saying mobile and internet are used mostly by Pakistani propaganda machinery and anti-India elements to mobilise people against the Indian Army and for the indoctrination of local youths against the government. He had however assured that the restrictions on mobile and Internet will be lifted gradually.