DAY 122: UNCERTAINTY ON IN KASHMIR, PARTIAL SHUTDOWN

Uncertainty continued to prevail in Kashmir valley amidst the ‘partial’ shutdown 122 days after the centre scrapped provisions of Article 370 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union Territories.

While markets in Srinagar and few other parts of the valley were open till noon, public transport plied partially on some routes amidst a considerable increase in private vehicles on roads. Massive traffic jams were also witnessed at Residency Road, M.A Road, Batamaloo, TRC Crossing and Jehangir Chowk.

Internet and prepaid mobile service which was suspended on late August 4 evening is yet to be restored in the restive valley. Authorities restored the post-paid mobile service and landline phones in Kashmir in phased manner.
People could be seen purchasing household items from street vendors at many places, since the city’s flea market was ordered to be opened on Sundays only. Shoppers in abundance thronged Mecca Market to buy warm clothes and other items.
Barring few private schools, educational institutions continued to remain deserted across valley due to absence of students. Attendance of teaching and non-teaching staff was, however, witnessed at all educational institutions.
Reports and witnesses in shops at commercial nerve centre Lal Chowk and its adjacent markets which include Residency Road, Polo View, Regal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Amirakadal, Hari Singh High Street and Budshah Chowk closed at 1pm sharp.
Similarly markets in old city remained open till 1 PM in the afternoon with public transport ply partially. Movement of private vehicles however has increased compare to previous days.