Movement and communication restrictions were lifted on some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, following the internet clampdown on August 5, which was accompanied by the decision of BJP-led NDA government to repeal Article 370 and Article 35(A).
According to news reports, landline services and 2G internet has been restored in the state.
Landline services restored
There are 50,000 landlines operational in the valley, as reported by Times of India. As per the report, in Srinagar, the landline services were restored in areas like Civil Lines, Cantonment, airport, Raj Bagh and Jawahar Nagar but remain suspended in most parts including Lal chowk and Press Enclave.
North Kashmir saw the landlines restored in areas including Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar. In South Kashmir, the landlines were restored in Qazigund and Pahalgam.
2G services restored
In another report by The Hindu, 2G services were eased in five districts — Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur. It is still not clear when the high-speed internet will be restored.
However, the services continue to remain suspended in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts, as per the report. The security forces continued to remain deployed and the barricade still remains on the road.
Earlier, on August 5, Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was removed and section 144 was imposed. Article 370 contained special provisions for Jammu and Kashmir, which gave it the right to have its constitution. Furthermore, the Center’s power was limited to only three areas, which are defence, foreign affairs and communication. The article also gave the State government the power to give concurrence to the Centre in case the Central Government wants to extend other constitutional powers to the State.
Former Senior Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant has a keen interest in social issues and international relations.