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Postpaid mobile phone services to resume in Kashmir from Monday

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 are working.

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New Delhi Updated on: October 14, 2019 9:10 IST
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Postpaid mobile phone services to resume in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday announced restoration of all postpaid mobile phone services from Monday noon. All postpaid mobile phones will be restored from October 14 noon, government spokesman and senior IAS officer Rohit Kansal told reporters.  

Initially, the services were likely to be resumed on Saturday but a last-minute technical hitch led to deferring of the resumption of services.

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

The state administration has been examining various options with regard to the suspension of mobile phone services in 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.

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 are working.

The mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir were shut down on August 5 after the Centre announced in New Delhi the abrogation of the special status guaranteed to the state under Article 370 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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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