LIFE AFFECTED FOR 105TH DAY IN VALLEY DUE TO SHUTDOWN

Normal life remained affected for the 105th consecutive day today in most parts of Kashmir Valley due to a shutdown being observed since August 5 after the abrogation of articles 370 and 35 A and downgrading of J&K state into two union territories.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed. However, there was rush of vendors and customers in Sunday Market Srinagar from TRC Crossing to Lal Chowk today. The vendors had set up stalls, where the customers purchased variety of items including warm cloths and foot wear.

The stalls on Residency Road caused difficulties in the movement of vehicles and led to frequent jamming.
Private vehicles plied on roads and so did a number of Sumos, Auto-rickshaws and mini-buses on various routes. However, most public transport continues to be off the roads.

After the recent snowfall here, there has been an increase in the number of private transport on roads and public transport slowly started plying partially.
The shops and other business establishments, which used to remain open for few morning hours only till recently are now open for longer hours at a number of places.
While there are no restrictions, the security personnel continue to be deployed in strength on roads and markets as a precautionary measure.
The internet and pre-paid mobile phone service continued to remain suspended for the 105th consecutive day today. There is no word from officials when exactly the internet will be restored even as there are reports of authorities restoring broadband internet to some hospitals, schools and hotels. Media persons are continuously deprived of such a service at their offices despite repeated pleas to the officials.