SRINAGAR: The lieutenant governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu, said on Wednesday that internet services across Kashmir would be restored in a phased manner when the situation became “more normal”, and that the overall situation after the nullification of Article 370 had improved to a large extent.

“We are reviewing the situation and as it becomes more normal we will restore internet services phase-wise. We have already discussed the matter with our administration and we will take it up,” the LG said in the first comments from the J&K government on restoring internet services, which were snapped on August 5 morning across the then state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Murmu told reporters in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district that the situation in the Valley “is very good” and has “improved very well” as the police have been performing their duties vigorously. He added that high-level coordination between the forces had led to the improved situation. “The participation of people across the Valley is very good. I have recently mentioned it in my speech, that people are coming out and they are interested in development,” he said.

The Centre had nullified Article 370 of the Indian Constitution on August 5, doing away with the special status of J&K and announcing that the state would be bifurcated into two UTs. The government had stated then that internet services had been suspended to maintain law and order in the Valley.