Tourists unable to contact families due to communications blockade
SRINAGAR, September 3: Tourists find it difficult to communicate with their families and loved ones due to the suspension of cellular network and mobile internet services in Kashmir for the past two days.
Following the death of a senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, on Wednesday, authorities shut down cellular networks and mobile internet services as a precaution, making it difficult for tourists to contact their families.
“The signals ended unexpectedly while I was having a video chat with my mother on Wednesday evening. Since then, I haven’t been able to communicate with any of my family. They must be concerned for my well-being.” , said Jyoti, a tourist from Madhya Pradesh, adding: “I came here for vacation, but I feel stuck.
A group of tourists told Excelsior they had been roaming for two days, unable to call home. “We are staying in a guesthouse that does not have a landline or working internet connection,” said a tourist, adding that life without internet is difficult nowadays.
Harpal Singh, a tourist from Punjab, believes the government should have built communication facilities for tourists before the blockade. “We understand why they are taking this step, but they have to provide facilities for tourists,” he said, adding that they were facing serious problems due to a lack of internet connectivity.
Authorities have installed steel barriers and razor wire on several roads, bridges and crossroads, as well as additional checkpoints in towns and villages in the Kashmir Valley, keeping people confined to their homes.
Many Kashmiris working or outside have expressed dissatisfaction with their inability to communicate with loved ones. “I cannot contact my family in Kashmir. I hope the situation in this country is stable. All services have been interrupted, ”Afaq Ahmad posted on Facebook.