Nearly 2 Weeks After Clampdown, Situation Becoming Normal In Kashmir
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 18, Aug 2019, 10:20 am IST | UPDATED: 18, Aug 2019, 10:20 am IST
Delhi: Schools and colleges in the Kashmir Valley will reopen starting Monday, nearly two weeks after the lockdown. Amid the safety and security arrangements made by the district administration for the students, an official spokesperson said that classes will resume in 190 schools in Srinagar from tomorrow. "As many as 190 schools will reopen on Monday in various zones of the district. The areas where schools will be opened include Lasjan, Sangri, Panthachowk, Nowgam, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gagribal, Dhara, Theed, Batmaloo and Shalteng," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
In addition to educational institutions, government offices are also all set to reopen in Kashmir region from Monday onwards. As per the report, government offices and other allied offices are also expected to reopen for business from tomorrow. Following this, administration also plans to ease the restrictions imposed in the valley following the abrogation of Article 370 from next week onwards.
Meanwhile on Saturday, restrictions on the movement of people were eased and landline phone services restored in some areas of the Kashmir Valley, even as stringent security arrangements remained in place, officials said. They said the restrictions have been relaxed in 35 police station areas of Kashmir while 17 telephone exchanges out of 96 have been made functional. More than 50,000 landline phones were operational now, the officials said, adding that the services will be restored in other areas in a "calibrated manner".
Security forces continued to man barricades on roads but allowed people to move after checking their credentials, they said. Some shops in the Civil Lines area opened on Saturday morning, the officials said, adding that there was increase in movement of private vehicles.
Kashmir was placed under a total clampdown on August 5, hours before the Centre announced its move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Curfew-like restrictions were put in place in most parts of the valley before the government scrapped the provisions of Article 370 and reorganise the state into two union territories..