A month after the Centre abrogated the Article 370 taking away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and imposing telecommunication blockade, all telephonic exchanges were restored in Kashmir valley on Friday, making all landlines fully functional.
On Wednesday, the government had announced to operationalise 100 per cent of landline exchanges by opening the remaining 19 exchanges on Wednesday night. The announcement was made by the Srinagar District Magistrate, Mr. Shahid Choudhary.
The mobile phone services were also made functional in Kupwara and Handwara districts while the government said the mobile connectivity in other districts would be restored gradually. Official sources said the decision to restore 100 per cent landline connections was taken in view of the 'fast improving situation' in Kashmir Valley.
On August 31, 29 more landline exchanges were restored, in addition to the 47 telephonic exchanges, which were made operational before in the view of the improving situation.
The authorities had also eased restrictions in 11 more police station areas, in addition to 82 out of 105 police stations which were made functional without any restrictions in the government’s efforts to bring life back to normal in the Union Territory.
The landline, mobile phone services and the Internet were suspended across Kashmir Valley and five sensitive districts of Jammu region on August 5 few hours before the NDA government announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to the state.