SRINAGAR – Business activities remained crippled during the day for the 114th day on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where pre-paid mobile and internet services of all Cellular companies are suspended since August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides divided the state into two Union Territory (UT).
However, the number of passenger vehicles has witnessed increase in the valley, including in summer capital, Srinagar during the past one week.
There was no relief for leaders of different political parties, including three former Chief Ministers—Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti– former minister and legislators who are under detention since August 5.
Majority shops and business establishments in the civil lines, including in the historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, reopened this morning. However, after functioning for several hours, shutters were again closed and security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order.
In other parts of the city, including in the outskirts and uptown, some shops and business establishments were seen functioning in the morning before again shutting down for the day.
Large number of roadside vendors were seen selling vegetables and fruits besides other essentials on the city routes.
Reports from south Kashmir said that partial strike continued in Anantnag and Kulgam while life remained affected in Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir.
Majority shops and business establishments were functioning in Anantnag and Kulgam districts in the morning for more than four to five hours. Large number of cabs and other public transport vehicles were plying.
However, situation in Shopian and Pulwama was different some shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some cabs and three wheelers besides private vehicles were plying.
Life was near normal in this and other north Kashmir towns, a report from Baramulla said. Majority shops and business establishments were functioning and transport was also plying.
Shops and business establishments were functioning partially in central Kashmir district of Budgam in the morning and evening for several hours, where some public transport vehicles were also plying.
Train services resume fully in Kashmir: Railways
Train services in the Srinagar-Banihal section of Kashmir Valley has resumed fully, more than three months after it was suspended due to security reasons, the railways said on Tuesday.
A limited passenger service of two pairs of Trains between Srinagar-Baramulla was started between 10 am to 3 pm with effect from November 12. Later, two more pairs of train services were allowed to operate between Srinagar and Banihal from November 17.
Sixteen services are presently running in the Valley, the railways said, adding the duration of train services have been increased from five hours to nine hours — 8 am to 5 pm.
Further, the Srinagar-Banihal section has been restored to its normal speed of 100 kmph. The resumption of services came after days of trial runs.
“The Railways has restored train services to benefit thousands of local commuters to travel by train over the entire area between Baramulla and Banihal (138 km). The decision to re-start train services in Kashmir Valley was taken after due security audits and assurance by Government Railway Police, Jammu and Kashmir,” the railways said.
Train services in the Valley were suspended on August 3, ahead of the Centre’s decision to abrogate special status to Jammu and Kashmir given under Article 370 of the Constitution and divide it into two Union territories.