Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday said that 93% of the newly formed union territories of J&K and Ladakh were free of any prohibitory orders, with significant improvements in mobile and landlines connectivity as well. In Jammu and Ladakh, he said the telecommunication services were fully functional.
Addressing a press conference, Kansal said that over 4,000 schools were now functional, adding the attendance continues to improve but remains low in certain areas.
"Over 26,000 landlines are functional in the Valley. Day time restrictions have been fully lifted from 92 police stations. This makes 90% of the Valley free of day time restrictions of any kind." he said.
"On the communications front, we have been briefing you from time to time. In our latest decision, we decided to open 29 more exchanges, making the number of functional exchanges to 76 out of a total of 95," Kansal added.
"This is evident from the fact that the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office in Srinagar, which used to see 2,500 calls being made from its facility has seen the number of calls being made from its facility falling by over 85 per cent," he said.
The administration said the national highway was normal, adding the public transport was also coming back to roads. "The movement of fruit trucks on the highways is steadily increasing. Up to 300 trucks are plying daily. Over 1.5 lakh metric tonnes of fruits have been sent to various sale points outside the Valley. All essential supplies continue to be normal in the Valley," he said.
The Principal Secretary further said that there have been some comment about medical facility and hospitals in 10 districts of the Valley.
Kansal added that major hospitals in Srinagar were now fully functional. "I must reiterate that all medical facilities and hospitals are functioning normally. The district hospitals have reported around nearly 2.5 lakh OPDs, 20,000 IPDs and 200 major surgeries since August 5. Besides, 2,000 deliveries both caesarian and normal were performed," he said.
(With inputs from agencies)