Mobile phone services were restored today in five districts of Jammu after remaining suspended for 25 days since August 5 when the Centre announced its move to scrap the special status granted to the state under Article 370 and to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The mobile services, however, remain suspended in the Valley.
The districts that got back mobile services were Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch. On August 17, mobile internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu region – Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathu, and Udhampur.
Earlier, last week landline phone services were restored at a few places in Kashmir — Budgam, Sonamarg and Manigam areas of central Kashmir, in north Kashmir, the services were restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas. But, consumers have complained of patchy connections.
The state came under security and communication lockdown after August 5 with restrictions on movement also in place. All top political leaders have been detained at the Centaur hotel and an opposition delegation attempting to enter the state was sent back from Srinagar airport.