Srinagar :Public transportation is off roads in Kashmir but there is a steady increase in private vehicles plying in some areas of Srinagar. Prominent areas with movement of private transport in Srinagar are Sonwar, Jawahar Nagar Sanat Nagar, Rajbagh and Residency Road but in places like old Srinagar city the movement of private transportation is quite restricted.
“I have been avoiding going downtown to meet with my relatives, I dont think the situation is conducive just yet”, said Abdul Majeed, who lives in Sanat Nagar Srinagar.
The Government has annouced that day time restrictions have been eased from 69 police stations in the Kashmir valley.
“This is up from 50 police stations in which relaxations in restrictions had been done earlier,’’ Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said.
But while there is some movement of private cars, shops and business establishments are closed across the valley. Although in some areas shopkeepers keep their shops open till 9 in morning, then they are closed for the day and reopened at 6 pm.
“This is the only time to do shopping. We buy vegetables and milk during the brief span of time when the shops open”, said Mehraj ud din, a resident of Aluchi Bagh Srinagar.
This is the 23rd day of complete lockdown in the Kashmir valley after Article 370 was scrapped. But while government has eased restrictions in most places, in some areas people have blocked roads with stones and logs.
“Multiple blockades have been erected on the stretch of road, vehicles or two wheelers cant ply”, said Ghulam Nabi in Telbal Srinagar.
The question people are now asking is, when will all the restrictions go and when will the communication blockade be lifted. When will normalcy return to Kashmir?