‘Day time restrictions lifted from 136 PSs, middle schools to reopen today’
STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: Barricades around the Clock Tower in Srinagar’s city centre Lal Chowk were removed after 15 days on Tuesday, allowing the movement of people and traffic in the commercial hub, as restrictions eased in several localities while continuing in others. There was increased traffic flow in some parts of the Civil Lines areas of the city but curbs on movement persisted in Downtown Srinagar and in many parts of the Kashmir Valley, officials said. Though restrictions were lifted in several places, the deployment of security forces continued to ensure law and order, they said. A lot of private cars were seen plying in Dalgate, Boulevard, Sonawar, M A Road, Rajbagh and adjoining areas. Some inter-district cabs also plied in the morning, they said. Mobile services and internet remained suspended for the 16th consecutive day, while landline telephone services in most areas also remained affected. The authorities had said they would be restored across the Valley, except in a few vulnerable areas, by Monday. Officials said the situation has remained largely peaceful since the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on August 5. Addressing an evening presser here, Principal Secretary, Planning & Development, Rohit Kansal, who is also Government’s spokesperson said that normal functioning of large parts of the State was reported today with 12 out of 22 districts functioning normally, adding that out of 197 police stations across J&K, 136 police stations have no day time restrictions. Commenting on the situation of Kashmir valley, Kansal said that middle level schools would start functioning from tomorrow in the areas where primary schools resumed functioning from yesterday. He said public transport has started plying in areas where relaxations have been provided and inter-district transport has also started functioning, adding that National Highway and Airports are functioning normally.
On the position of stock & supply in Kashmir valley, the Spokesperson said there was adequate supply of essentials and 13,287 LPG cylinders were distributed among consumers during the few days.
He said out of 93,000 landlines, 73,000 landlines have started functioning and rest of the landlines would operate soon.
Restrictions in many areas of Kashmir are being eased gradually since Saturday — first for six hours in 35 police stations across the Valley and then for eight hours in 50 police station areas.
On Monday, the authorities made all necessary arrangements for the reopening of primary schools in the Valley, including 190 in the city. However, there were no students in most schools, particularly private educational institutions.
The civil secretariat – the seat of the Jammu and Kashmir government here – witnessed about 98 per cent attendance on Monday, while attendance in other government offices is improving, the officials said.
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