SRINAGAR: Normal life remained affected across the valley for the 28th consecutive day on Sunday as markets remained shut, while public transport was off the roads.
Restrictions were eased in several parts of Kashmir on Saturday a day after strict curbs were imposed on the movement of people in view of Friday congregational prayers. Officials said barricades have been removed from the roads in most areas of Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley to allow movement of people.
However, deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order, added the officials.
Officials said following an improvement in the situation, the administration eased restrictions in eleven more police stations in Kashmir Valley. As of now 82 out of 105 police stations have no restrictions. 29 more landline, telephone exchanges were made functional in addition to 47 already operational. Now about 12,000 additional lines will be active.
Private cars were plying in many areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley and some vendors have set up stall in few areas in the civil lines of the city, officials said.
Mobile services and internet, including BSNL’s broadband and private leased-line internet, have not been restored after being snapped on August 5 when the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the state into two Union territories.
On Friday, amid strict restrictions, only ambulances and people in emergency services were allowed to move. The officials said that the situation in the Valley remained peaceful on Friday as well and no untoward incident has been reported.
Officials also said that landline telephone services have been restored in most places across the Valley in view of the improving situation, though the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state. People were seen moving in large numbers on roads and the concentration of transport was high compared to the previous days, officials claimed.__Kashmir Times