Postpaid mobile telephone services were restored in Indian Occupied Kashmir from Monday (Oct 14) almost two months after the administration imposed a lockdown in the state after the scrapping of Article 370 and snapped communication lines. Partial fixed line telephony was resumed in the Valley on August 17 and by September 4, nearly 50,000 landlines were declared operational.
The state administration had announced on Saturday that about 40 lakh postpaid mobile phones will become operational from Monday noon. Over 20 lakh prepaid mobile phones, besides the mobile and other internet services, however, will remain suspended for now.
Although the occupation authorities have announced to restore some landline and postpaid phones, yet people are finding it hard to come to terms with the ongoing state of affairs due to restrictions and clampdown.
Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. Some shops do open for few hours during morning and evening and also roadside vendors are seen on various places doing businesses, but they fail to cater to the needs of general public.
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