Normal life remained affected for the 91st consecutive day today in Kashmir due to a spontaneous shutdown being observed since August 5 against the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A and bifurcation of J&K state into two union territories (UTs).
Shops and other business establishments remained closed. Public transport was also off the roads. Private transport plied on roads. In some areas, some shops were open in morning hours.
From Radio Crossing to Lal Chowk, the Sunday Market witnessed rush of vendors and customers. Setting up of stalls by the vendors began late because of the rain in the morning hours. As the weather conditions improved in the afternoon the rush in Sunday Market picked up.
There was no report of any restriction on the movement of people and vehicles. However, police and security personnel continued to remain deployed in strength particularly in sensitive areas. They have set up check points, where the vehicles are stopped and searched. The identity cards of occupants of the vehicles are checked and they are frisked also.
The train service between Banihal to Baramulla also remained suspended for the 91st day today due to the shutdown. So were the pre-paid phone and internet services.
Reports quoting officials regarding restoration of broadband internet service in the coming days have been dong rounds since last week. It is to be seen when the service will be actually restored.
The lack of internet has badly affected every sphere of life and led to heavy losses and job cuts in different sectors.
The media persons have not been provided broadband internet in their offices even after three months. The matter was repeatedly taken up with the concerned authorities but nothing was done in this direction. The media persons have to rush to the government set up at the over-crowded media centre daily, wait for hours together to get the internet facility. No reason has been till now given by government for continuous blockade of internet facility to media persons in their offices.