4G Internet Service Remains Barred in South Kashmir

SRINAGAR —The high speed 4 G internet service has remained barred for several weeks in southern part of Kashmir with authorities expressing helplessness to restore the service.

District Administration officials of South Kashmir Saturday said that high-speed internet service have been suspended in the four districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anatnag. For the last few weeks the four districts have been facing high-speed internet ban; the internet was suspended after the killing of four cops in Shopian. Later authorities revoked the internet ban, but the slow speed has left netizens riled.

“It’s not in my hands. I would have restored the high speed internet service, if it would have been in my hands. Not only students and business community but employees in government departments are suffering. Work culture has been hit due to high speed internet ban,” admitted Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Muhammad Shameem Wani.

He however said that the high speed internet service has been suspended due to security reasons. “It is the police administration that has to take a call on the matter,” Wani added.

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Muhammad Younis said the order to suspended high speed internet service has been issued by the higher authorities. “I am still in touch with the higher authorities and hopefully the high-speed internet service will get restored soon in Anantnag,” he said.

The DCs of Pulwama and Shopian also said that they are in touch with higher authorities and service will be restored “in the districts very soon.”  The netizens from South Kashmir are fuming and are frustrated over the suspension of 4G service.

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry has cited lack of high speed internet as the main reason for dealers inability to file their GST returns in time.

Besides the government and private employees, the students are also at the receiving end. A police official said that banning high-speed internet service in south Kashmir was on account of security reasons. “A high level security meeting will be held to take a call on the issue,” he added.

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