Srinagar, Oct 12 (GCCurrentAffairs) Two days after the administration lifted travel advisory imposed on August 2, the J&K government on Saturday announced opening of internet centres at tourist places to facilitate tourists in Kashmir valley, where postpaid mobile phones will be resorted on October 14.
“This week, the travel advisory to tourists issued in August was lifted. Tourists are welcome to visit the state they will be provided all possible support. Internet facilities are being opened in tourist places to assist tourists wanting to access internet,” J&K Government spokesperson and Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal, flanked by Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, S P Pani and Director Information Shehrish Asgar, told reporters during a press conference here on Saturday.
Meanwhile, he said the restoration of postpaid mobile phone services will help tourists, who want to visit the valley. “Tourists will be able to visit the state without being handicapped by the lack of phone connectivity,” he said.
The decision to restore postpaid phones and setup internet facilities at tourist resorts were made after people associated with tourism sector, including hoteliers, expressed concern that tourists will not visit the valley till the time phones and internet services were made operational.
The state administration on August 2 issued a travel advisory, asking tourists, Amarnath yatris and non-local workers to leave the valley immediately just days before scrapping Article 370 and Article 35 A.
Meanwhile, all means of communication, including landlines, mobile and internet services, were suspended across the valley, including Srinagar, on August 5 as a precautionary measure to prevent rumours after the special status of the state was scrapped. Suspension of the communication network evoked sharp reaction, particularly from the families whose relatives were outside the valley.
It was in the last week of August that landlines were restored to subscribers connected with Barzulla and Sonawar telephone exchanges. Landlines phones of subscribers, including all media organizations, from main BSNL telephone exchange were restored only on September 5.