4G internet to be restored in two J&K districts on trial basis from August 15, Centre tells Supreme Court

The Central Government has told the Supreme Court that a special committee looking into the issue of internet restoration in Jammu and Kashmir is considering allowing 4G internet access on a trial basis in the Union Territory.

Centre said that 4G access will be given in one district of Jammu region and one in Kashmir.

The easing will come into effect after August 15.

Center says carefully calibrated easing of internet restrictions subject to strict monitoring in certain areas could be done on a trial basis in selected areas

However, it will not be in any area adjoining the international border to the Line of Control. 4G internet restoration will only be done in areas that have a low intensity of terrorist activities.

The Supreme Court had on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas.

The apex court was hearing a plea of the NGO seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretary of J-K for their alleged “wilful disobedience” in complying with the court’s May 11 order.

High-speed Internet service in J&K has been suspended since August last year when the Centre had announced the revocation of its special status and bifurcation of the state into two UTs — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had sought time to take instructions on the restoration of high-speed internet services, saying a new Lt Governor has been appointed in the Union Territory.

Manoj Sinha was appointed the new LG of Jammu and Kashmir after G C Murmu resigned from the post last week.

However, the top court told the administration that with the change of LG, nothing changes as the special committee is there to look into the issue.