Traffic almost normal; business, education remain affected in Kashmir

Newspoint Bureau
Srinagar, November 30
Even though transport movement on roads is almost normal, business and other activities remained paralysed for the 145th day today in Kashmir valley. However, for the past two weekends’ life returned to normal due to relaxation in strike announced by separatists.
Meanwhile, the main gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained locked and nobody was being allowed to enter the complex, where large number of security forces remained deployed, barring on last two weekends, since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.
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. Shops and business establishments remained closed though transport movement was almost normal on various routes in the Valley, especially in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, all educational institutes wore a deserted look as students preferred to remain away in support of separatists call though examinations for 12th grade were going on as per schedule in Kashmir. Examination for class 10th concluded on Monday in the valley.
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, good number of passenger and private vehicles which 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, which were open for two days till Sunday, remained closed for the third day today.
But, good number of public and private vehicles were also plying on roads in uptown, resulting in traffic jam on Airport road at Rambagh due to construction of flyover for which work remained suspended since July 9.

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