Two districts to get 4G internet after 15 August

Srinagar: The Centre Government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that 4G internet service will be restored on trail basis in limited areas after August 15 as decided by a special committee looking into the issue of internet restoration in Jammu and Kashmir.

A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, that the committee has decided that trial will be done in one district each in Jammu and Kashmir division.

He informed the court that the Committee has decided that access to 4G internet in J&K will be given in a calibrated manner and result of the trial will be reviewed after two months.

The bench also comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai said this is a fairly good stand on the part of the respondents-Centre and J&K administration.

Notably, J&K is without high speed internet service after it was suspended in August last year when the Centre announced revocation of its special status and bifurcation of the state into two UTs — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 7, the top court had asked the J&K administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas of the Union Territory.(KNS)