|Srinagar: Restrictions on the movement of people in the Kashmir Valley were eased on Saturday, with landline services restored in some areas of the city, even as stringent security arrangements continued to be in place, officials said.|
Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines, Cantonment and the airport area of Srinagar district.
Landline services have been restored in Budgam, Sonamarg and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. In north Kashmir, the services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas. In south Kashmir, the landline services have been made operational in Qazigund and Pahalgam areas.
Earlier on Saturday morning, 2G mobile internet services were restored in Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts of the region.
The officials said the security forces continued to remain deployed, while barricades remained on the roads, but people were allowed to move after checking their credentials.
Some shops in the civil lines areas of the city opened on Saturday morning, the officials said. However, most of the business establishments, including fuel stations, remained shut.
Mobile internet services were suspended in Jammu on August 5, in view of security concerns in the region.
On Friday, the government decided to lift restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, in a phased and gradual manner.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam had said, "Telecom connectivity will gradually be erased and restored in a phase-wise manner keeping in mind constant threat posed by terrorist's organizations in using mobile connectivity to organize terror actions. Prevention detentions are being continuously reviewed and an appropriate decision would be made based on law and order situation."