The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday asked the government to restore telecommunication network in Kashmir, saying it has "multiplied woes of people."
"Non-connectivity is now affecting lives. You shall have to think seriously on restoration of it. It can't prevail now. Government has to take call now," a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar observed.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, the bench observed: "May be it was a requirement earlier but it is a huge problem now. You have to think on your feet."
"What about the students studying outside. What about the patients who require medicines and treatment but cannot be contacted because of the network problem," the court observed, asking the government to restore the connectivity.
The court was informed that out of 80 patients who required chemotherapy, the SKIMS authorities could contact only five due to network connectivity snap.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank on Tuesday informed that its ATMs in Kashmir are non-functional due to interruption of internet service.
"Unless the internet network is restored, ATMS can't function," an official of J&K Bank told the court.