14: Decks have been cleared for the
restoration of broadband internet services in Kashmir.
administration is likely to restore broadband internet in a phased manner soon.
Sources said the administration would submit a report in the Supreme Court
expressing willingness to restore broadband services after Republic Day.
A top official
said J&K Home Department’s is preparing a report based on feedback from
various security and intelligence agencies. Officials from Ministry of Home
Affairs would also review the report before it will be placed before the Apex
Governor Girish Chandra Murmu-led administration has received reports from
officials of security agencies along with district administrations. Almost all
have given their positive feedback about restoration of broadband internet in
Kashmir. MHA would review the security situation in Kashmir and the impact of
restoring internet services in the valley,” he said.
An official privy
to compiling the report said Union Territory administration wants restoration
of internet services in a phased manner starting from central Kashmir
(Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal districts) followed by north Kashmir (Baramulla, Kupwara,
Bandipora districts) and then south Kashmir (Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and
The official said
the government will wait for Apex Court directives and accordingly restore
internet as needed. “If Supreme Court orders restoration of internet before
January 26 then we have to obey its directives and restore services
immediately,” he said.
however wary about restored mobile net for a time being. “Mobile internet is
unlikely to be restored in Kashmir soon,” he said.
has decided to review of all the issues in the wake of the Apex Court’s
directives. This has rekindled a ray of hope to Kashmir they may access the
internet services after five months.
Last week, the
Supreme Court said access to internet is a fundamental right under Article 19
of the Constitution and asked the J&K administration to review all orders
imposing curbs in the new Union Territory.
A five bench
judge headed by Justice N V Ramana asked J&K administration to restore
internet services in institutions providing essential services like hospitals
and educational places.
were snapped across Kashmir on August 5 when Centre abrogated Article 370 and
downgraded Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.