After 20 days, mobile phone services reinstated in Kashmir

Internet services on mobilephones, however, continue to remain suspended in the Valley

After 20 days, mobile phone services reinstated in Kashmir

As the situation in the violence-hit state improves to an extent, mobile phone services from various service providers have been restored across the Kashmir Valley after 20 days on Wednesday.

"The decision was taken to ensure that the common man is not put to inconvenience. The decision to suspend mobile phone services for the last 20 days was taken to prevent anti-social elements from spreading rumours," an official said in Srinagar.

"As the situation has started improving, we have decided to restore mobile phone services," the officer said.

Internet services on mobile phones, however, continued to remain suspended in the Valley.

The same were restored in the Jammu region of the state on Tuesday.

For the last 20 days, only post paid mobile phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) worked in the Valley, but these also did not have internet facility.

Authorities here said the decision on restoration of internet facility on mobile phones will be taken within the next two to three days.