Srinagar: The J&K high court on Tuesday asked the state government to take a call on restoring mobile phone and internet connectivity in the valley, observing that it was affecting lives and creating huge problems now.
“Take steps for restoring mobile connectivity in Kashmir. Huge problems are created because of this now. May be initially it was a requirement but at this distance of time it may not be,” a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar said during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation, filed by an NGO—JK Peoples Forum though its general secretary M M Shuja— for ensuring supplies of basic amenities following a clampdown by government on all spheres of life after Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing on July 8.
“Think on your feet. This non-connectivity is affecting the lives of the people now. You have to take decision about it and it can’t wait now,” the court said.
“Your own students, boys and people living outside are suffering. There is no contact with their families. People within the state are also suffering. Government has to take a call now,” the court added.
The bench made the observation suo-moto but augmented them after hearing head of the oncology department of SK Institute of Medical Science, Soura.
“Since 2014, we have a routine in the department that all those patients who are dated for chemotherapy or any important test like MRI, we do call them in evening in case they drop out and we make them come next day. But out of 80 calls day before yesterday, we could contact only 5 patients because of the network problem,” the HOD said. “It is affecting everybody,” the bench said
The state government has already restored mobile internet connectivity in Jammu.
“You have restored internet in Jammu region, you have to take steps to restore the internet connectivity in the valley also,” the court asked the Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie.