People continue to suffer, as gag on communication in Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir

People continue to suffer, as gag on communication in Kashmir

Agency News

Srinagar, Sep 30 : People, particularly students, professionals and journalists, continued to suffer as the gag on mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), completed eight weeks on Monday in the valley, after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.

However, restoration of landline phones in the first week of September has brought some relief to the people, who could not contact their dear ones within and outside the valley, due to total communication blackout for about a month.

With only BSNL landline services operational, the gag on communication has come as a blessing in disguise for the state-run telecom operator, which has given thousands of landline and postpaid connections.

Meanwhile, the communication gag, which became effective on August 5, as a precautionary measure to arrest the spread of rumours, has severely affected the work of IT professionals, students, journalists and other sectors, which are highly dependent on mobile and internet services.

A Courier service provider said that their operations remained suspended for the 57th day on Monday in the valley.''Our services entirely depend on communicating with our clients. As mobile and internet services have been suspended, we have no means to communicate with our clients, necessary to deliver the goods to them,'' Shabir Ahmad said.

The operations will remain halted, till the gag on communication is over, he noted, adding that the outgoing courier service, however, is operational. ''Our clients are regularly coming to our centre and giving us the goods, which they want to be delivered to other parts of the country. We take the goods and then process them accordingly,'' he added.

The mobile network of all cellular companies, besides the internet, remained suspended for the 57th day on Monday in the valley. The delivery system of post offices also remained suspended. A huge number of letters, parcels and other material remained undelivered, as most of the post offices remained closed.

However, the General Post Office (GPO) was functioning and people were collecting their goods and letters from there, after presenting proper identification proofs. The GPO has also opened a special counter for the delivery of Passports to the applicants.

In the last week of August, landlines were restored to subscribers connected with Barzulla and Sonawar telephone exchanges. Landline phones of subscribers, including all media organisations, from main BSNL telephone exchange, were restored on September 5.

For the convenience of journalists working for different media organisations, including news agencies, the administration had set up a media facilitation centre at Sonwar in the city.Officials said the mobile phones would also be restored in the valley soon.(UNI)