DAY 107: PARTIAL NORMALCY IN KASHMIR AMIDST SHUTDOWN

SRINAGAR, Nov 19: Normal life continued to remain affected in parts of restive valley even as the situation has begun to inch towards normalcy at several other places amidst shutdown on 107th consecutive day today.
Shops and other business establishments were open for 2nd consecutive day at commercial nerve centre Lal Chowk and its adjacent areas, however business activities continued to remain partial in other areas of Srinagar city.
While as the movement of private vehicles has considerably increased on roads, public transport barring partial movement of passenger vehicles on few routes remained suspended.
BJP led centre revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories on August 5. Stringent curfew like restrictions were put in place across Kashmir and communication system suspended.
Reports said that markets were completely shut in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and a very thin movement of transport was witnessed on roads. Situation in other districts of south Kashmir including Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam reports said continued to remain affected due to the shutdown.
Reports reaching from north Kashmir said that shutdown evoked varied response as shops in most areas where open, however markets were closed in other areas as usual amidst a partial movement of public transport on roads.
Students continued to abstain from joining classes thus leaving all educational institutions deserted in Kashmir. Teachers and other staff however marked their presence amid shutdown.
Communication system which includes broadband, mobile internet and prepaid mobile service continued to remain suspended on 107th running day even as the administration restored postpaid mobile’s on all networks 14th of last month.