Delivery failed…SMS service restored only on BSNL network
Srinagar: WITH STORY "JK- SMS" - A youth tries to send short message service (SMS) on his phone which is banned in valley, in Srinagar on Monday, 09, Dec 2019. SMS services were withdrawn as a "precautionary measure" hours after the government restored post-paid mobile connections in Kashmir in October. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie
Srinagar, Jan 1:
Twenty four hours on, SMS services have been restored only on the selected
mobile networks even as the hospitals are eagerly awaiting resumption of
broadband internet services in Kashmir.
SMS, mobile and
broadband internet was snapped on August 5 when Centre abrogated article 370
and downgraded Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.
government spokesperson Rohit Kansal announced that SMS services will be
restored on all networks and broadband internet will be restored in the
government owned BSNL, SMS service was barred on all networks. “I tried to send a SMS to one of my friend in
Kolkatta, but the delivery failed. Later
I heard BSNL has only resumed the service,” said Javed Ahmad, a student from
Srinagar’s Gojwara area.
complained that only a particular network was providing SMS service. “Travel
agents could have at least sent package details to outside state dealers via
SMS. But it seems nothing like that is going to happen now,” said Umar Ahmad, a
broadband internet has not been restored in any of the government hospitals of
Kashmir. “We too are waiting for the
resumption of internet here. We have been maintaining our records manually
while health schemes have not been updated since August,” said an official at
Kashmir witnessed longest ever internet blockade as the service has remained
suspended for 150 days now. Prior to it, Kashmir witnessed longest internet ban
in 2016, when the service remained suspended for 120 days following the killing
of Burhan Wani.
The lack of
internet services is causing huge losses to business sector of Kashmir the
losses of which has piled over Rs 17000 crores.
Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan said the issues of SMS and broadband to
hospitals is being resolved. “Actually bills of hospitals were being verified
as many had not paid their dues yet. Rest SMS on other post-paid networks will
be resumed too as the cellular companies were dealing with networking issues,”