Day 81: Shutdown On, Extension in Morning & Evening Relaxation Hours


An elderly women passing near by a closed market at Amirakadal in Srinagar amid shutdown.

SRINAGAR – Situation in Valley on Thursday continued to reel under uncertainty, while normal life entered into 81st day of disruption, due to the spontaneous shutdown, as a consequence of scrapping of special status on 5th of August 2019.

Meanwhile shopkeepers extended their business beyond the routine of opening up their shops in morning and evening hours.

Movement of small and medium range transport vehicles also witnessed a considerable increase on Thursday, while private vehicular traffic continued to show its enormous presence on inter-district roads including national highway

City roads witnessed heavy traffic jams at various bottle necks, while traffic cops were seen present in good numbers, dealing with the traffic rush.In addition to private vehicles, auto rickshaws and small public transport vehicles were also seen plying on Srinagar roads.

According to CNS, class work in the schools across the valley continued to remain suspended, while the colleges, ordered to open by the administration, wore a deserted look where the teaching staff was present attending to the requirements of students, who had come to fulfill exam formalities or to submit their assignments.

Street vendors, who had appeared in Sunday market near Polo Ground six weeks back, registered an increase in their number, while on Residency Road also, a large number of vendors were seen selling various items to a good number of customers, who thronged the market throughout the day.

Outside old Bus stand Batamaloo cart vendors were seen in large numbers, selling vegetable, fruits and various other items.

While postpaid mobile service continued to function, without SMS service, prepaid mobile and internet services continued to remain under suspension.

Train service connecting from Baramulla to Banihal also completed 81 days of suspension on Thursday, keeping inter-district railway movement under halt for nearly three months now.

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