Yawar Shafi,Srinagar:It has been fourty one day now and Kashmir is still shut against the annulment of Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation. Though restrictions have been eased out, yet public transport stayed away from the roads. Increased movement of private transport was observed on some roads in civil lines areas but shops and business establishments remained shut.

The commercial hub of Srinagar Lal Chowk as usual witnessed no business activity. Majority of the fuel stations also remained closed while many auto-rickshaws were seen very less on the roads.

Whole Valley continued to remain incommunicado. Though landline phones have been restored across valley, but the mobile internet, broadband, cellular services remained shut. Same is the true for rail service. Last time any train chugged in Valley was August 4.

People have been facing a lot of problems due to communication blockade. This is for the first time since the eruption of militancy in Valley that government even blocked landline phones, though, suspension of mobile internet was a norm, but broadband services usually functioned normally. Even during 2016 agitation, landlines phones and broad band functioned smoothly.

Besides Srinagar, the normal life was badly hit in other districts of Kashmir Valley including Budgam, Gandrebal, Kangan, Pakharpora, Beerwah, Magam, Khag, Pulwama, Tahab, Pampore, Tral, Awantipors, Shopian, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Ashmuqam, Pahalgam, Kokarnag, Kulgam, DH Pora, Dooru, Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Tangmarg, Bandipora, Kupwara, Handwara, Kralgund, Lolab and other parts.


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