Broadband internet services restored in 80 government hospitals, health centers in Valley

JAMMU: On Thursday, high-speed broadband Internet connectivity was restored in 80 government hospitals and several health centers across the Valley, a police spokesman said.

Government spokesman and principal secretary of J&K Union Territory, Rohit Kansal, announced Tuesday that SMS and broadband connectivity to hospitals and schools would be restored at midnight. However, only state-owned BSNL SMS was partially restored on Wednesday, leaving subscribers of private telecommunications companies high and dry. In addition, Wednesday the broadband Internet facilities for hospitals and schools were not restored.

The police spokesman said broadband connections became functional on Thursday in 80 medical centers, including tertiary care hospitals such as SKIMS Soura, SMHS Srinagar, GMC Srinagar, GMC in other Valle districts, Dental College Srinagar, GB Pant Sonwar, CD Hospital Srinagar and several other district and subdistrict hospitals in the Valley.

The state authorities clarified that the SMS of private telecommunications companies did not work due to some technical problem.

On August 5 of last year, Internet, fixed telephony and mobile telephony services were transferred to J&K in view of the elimination of the special state of the former state.