Day 24: Lockdown continues

MAJID NABI. Dated: 8/29/2019 12:20:00 PM

SRINAGAR, Aug 28: Situation in restive Kashmir continued to remain affected on 24th consecutive day today amid spontaneous shutdown and restrictions.
Markets across the valley remained shut while attendance in government offices was recorded thin and public transport was off the roads despite assurance by the administrative higher-ups that the issue of public transport will be looked into.
Officials also claimed that shops in the areas wherefrom restrictions have been removed may also open as the shopkeepers were asked to resume their routine business activities.
Although the administration after primary and middle level schools claimed to have opened all high schools in the areas wherein restrictions were eased, attendance of students was again recorded zero with only handful of teachers present.
On the other hand, a thin movement of private vehicles was visible on roads in Srinagar city while shops at few areas in civil lines and uptown localities were partially opened.
It may be in place to mention that administration lifted curbs in several areas of old city in phased manner thus giving an access to the people to move around amid an uneasy calm. Authorities also removed barricades from roads in those areas of city wherein restrictions were eased.
Fruit and vegetable vendors at many places in Srinagar including Dalgate, Sonwar, Hari Singh High Street, Jehangir Chowk and Batamaloo areas have also resumed business.
Although, the presence of police and paramilitary forces remained intact on roads. However, no major incident barring stray stone pelting incidents was reports from anywhere.
However, the communication continued to remain suspended across Kashmir ever since the Union government took major decision on Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. The breakdown in communication system has led to chaos in the valley with all sectors equally impacted.
The administration so far has been tightlipped whether there are any immediate plans to restore mobile and internet service in the valley.
Officials in the administration claimed to have restored 73,000 out of total 96,000 landline connections restored across Jammu and Kashmir. They also said that 15 more exchanges will be made functional by (yesterday) Tuesday.
Meanwhile reports of complete shutdown and restrictions were received from other parts of the valley including south and north Kashmir with markets closed and roads deserted amid thick deployment of police and paramilitary forces.



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