Srinagar, December 8
With each passing day, activities on roads are increasing as traffic is almost normal though shops and business establishments remained closed for 153rd day today in support of separatists strike call in Kashmir valley. However, separatists this time have given relaxation in strike for three days from Saturday though they have urged people to march and handover a memorandum to United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office in Srinagar on December 10 evening.
Meanwhile, people were allowed to enter historic Jamia Masjid, which was again locked on Monday, though large number of security forces remained deployed outside the complex of the mosque, where Friday prayers were allowed only in the last two successive weeks since July 9. Police said there was no curfew or restrictions in any part of the Kashmir valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order. But, shops and business establishments remained closed though activities on roads witnessed an upward spiral as transport movement was almost normal on various routes in the Valley, especially in Srinagar. At some places traffic jam could also be witnessed. Students continued to stay away from their schools though teaching and other staff could be seen attending their duties. All shops were closed in the main business hubs in civil lines, including Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Gonikhan, Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk. But, large number of passenger and private vehicles were plying on the streets in civil lines, resulting in traffic jam on some routes.
The situation was no different in uptown, where shops and business establishments remained closed.
But, a large number of public and private vehicles were also plying on roads in uptown, resulting in traffic jam on Airport road at Rambagh due to bottleneck created following construction of flyover for which work remained suspended since July 9.