Day 106: Uncertainty continues in Kashmir amid shutdown

MAJID NABI. Dated: 11/19/2019 12:15:53 AM

Business resumes in Lal Chowk, remains suspended in Anantnag

SRINAGAR, Nov 18: Uncertainty continued to prevail in Kashmir valley amid spontaneous shutdown which completed 106 days today after the Centre repealed Articles 370 and 35A on August 5.
Business activities continued to remain suspended across Kashmir even as shops and other business establishments were for the first time open throughout the day at commercial nerve centre Lal Chowk and its adjacent areas since August 5.
While public transport was by and large off the roads, partial movement of passenger vehicles was seen on few routes of Srinagar city. However, the movement of private vehicles has considerably increased with massive traffic jams witnessed on roads in several areas.
Vendors at the Valley’s flea market (Sunday market) which remained abuzz with shoppers and often witnessed massive jamming were shifted to a Mecca Market in Lal Chowk. Vendors at other places however continued their business as usual.
Valley’s colleges, schools and universities were however deserted due to absence of students even as the administration ordered opening of all educational institutions in all ten districts of the valley.
Communication system which includes prepaid mobile service, broadband and mobile internet continued to remain suspended on 106th consecutive day in restive valley. Postpaid service was however restored on October 14 while landline phones service was reactivated two months after the abrogation of special status and subsequent downgrading of erstwhile state into two Union territories.
Reports and witnesses said that shops in old city were partially opened till 12 noon while as a thin movement of transport was witnessed on roads. Police and paramilitary forces reports said continued to remain deployed at few sensitive pockets to maintain law and order.
Reports reaching from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district said that markets were shut since morning and a thin movement of transport plying on roads.
In Pulwama, Shopian, and Kulgam reports said normal life continued to remain out f gear with markets closed and public transport off the roads. Situation in north Kashmir was however normal as most of the shops were open and transport plying partially.
Pertinent to mention here that BJP led central government repealed provision of Article 370 which was according special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The state was also bifurcated into two separate Union Territories with Jammu and Kashmir to have a state legislature and Ladakh to have none.

 

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