Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

DAY 91: Uncertainty continues in UT Kashmir

Private traffic improving, Sunday market abuzz with customers

Srinagar: Life across Kashmir Valley remained paralyzed on Sunday with all shops and business establishments remained out of bounds throughout the day. However the notable Sunday market remained abuzz with customers throughout the day despite rains for few hours. However after passing of three months of uncertainty, authorities are mute over the resumption of prepaid mobile services and internet connectivity in Kashmir. Meanwhile no train chugged across Kashmir on 91th straight day.

According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), life across Kashmir remained paralyzed with all shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the day. In downtown and uptown areas of Srinagar district, shops were shut and traffic was off the roads. However in popularly known Sunday market, thousands of customers thronged here to buy winter stuff and other essential commodities.

Eye witnesses said, despite few hours of rains in Srinagar city in early hours of the day, Sunday market remained packed throughout the day. Hundreds of vendors had erected their stalls from Hari Singh High Street to TRC Crossing stretch where thousands of buyers were seen purchasing winter stuff and other commodities. Due to huge rush of buyers, long queues of traffic jams were seen over in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas. However authorities had deployed police and other security personnel in the commercial hub Lal Chowk to keep vigil over the suspicious elements.

Meanwhile in Southern and Northern parts of Kashmir Valley, shops remained opened for few hours and private traffic was plying normally. However public traffic is continued off the roads since August 5.

It is pertinent to mention that central government on August 5, took away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and divided it into two Union Territories (UT’s) – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Since then Kashmir is witnessing uninterrupted shutdown against the move but from past couple of weeks, an increased movement of private transport was observed and markets have started working gingerly.

According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), prepaid mobile services and internet connectivity are yet to restore in Kashmir Valley despite passing of 91 days. Authorities are yet tight lipped over resumption of prepaid mobile service and internet facility in Kashmir which affected the trade and career of business community and students respectively. Moreover rail service across Kashmir Valley is suspended on 91th straight day. (KNS)

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