Landline services partially restored in Kashmir

Landline connections have been made operational on Saturday in 17 telephone exchanges in the Kashmir Valley, the officials said.

The phone lines were restored after a period of about 12 days of lockdown.

Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges in Kashmir were made operational. According to officials, 20 more exchanges would be operationalised soon.

The landline services have been restored in Sonamarg, Budgam and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. 

The services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas of north Kashmir. In Srinagar, exchanges are back in the Civil Lines area, Cantonment area and near the airport.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region.

Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines were suspended on August 5 when the Central government abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also split into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.