Srinagar, Jammu And Kashmir —
The netizens in Jammu and Kashmir are demanding restoration of high-speed mobile Internet 4G services in the Union territory.
The demand for 4G mobile data restoration is especially evident on Twitter as the hashtag #Restore4GinKashmir has been trending on the social media platform from the last evening.
The development comes after the authorities ordered shutting down of all educational institutions in the UT while also advising people to avoid unnecessary gatherings as a precautionary measure against the deadly pandemic of Coronavirus.
“4G mobile data restoration should be a top priority now. Students have been asked to stay home and high-speed internet is a very essential tool for modern say study material. #Restore4GinKashmir,” tweeted Sardar Nasir Ali Khan, a popular radio jockey in Kashmir.
Shuja Ul Haq, journalist and Associate Editor at India Today, wrote, “In the wake of the Corona scare the least that the authorities in J&K can do is allow 4G internet. At least let people have access to information with(out) any restrictions.”
Meanwhile, some posts were doing rounds on social media which claimed that the administration is going to restore 4G mobile data services within some hours. Pertinently, these posts were quoting Rohit Kansal, J&K Government’s Spokesman, who denied any such statements made by him.
The IAS officer tweeted, “Have seen certain reports in social media about the internet being attributed to me. This is to clarify that No statement on this issue has been made. REPEAT: I have NOT spoken to ANYONE on this issue.”
With the growing demand for restoration of high-speed mobile Internet services, it will be interesting to see if the authorities make a proactive move ahead of the official review meeting on 17 March concerning Internet services in the UT.