Srinagar, July 26: Strict restrictions continued on Sunday even as shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road for the fourth successive day in view of five-day lockdown imposed by authorities till July 27 to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley.
All the roads and market places, including Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, remained sealed with authorities asking public to cooperate to curtail the spread of COVID-19 by strictly adhering to the lockdown. Roads leading to Ghani Khan market in Srinagar were also closed with barbed wires since early Sunday morning.
Shops and business established remained closed and traffic was off the roads in downtown, civil lines, uptown in Srinagar in view of the lockdown. But, some roads witnessed traffic jam due to roadblocks and checking. At some places, few traders could be seen selling animals for sacrifice on Eid though less number of buyers
Officials said all Executive Magistrates along with respective SHOs shall personally monitor enforcement of lockdown and take necessary action in case of violations. “No inter and intra district movement will be allowed without valid permission or staff on medical/health duty,” they said.
“Any violation of the lockdown order will attract proceedings and action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act and provisions contained in the Epidemic Diseases Act,” they added.
Reports of similar restrictions were coming from other parts of the valley, including Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara in north and Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian in north Kashmir.
Business and other activities were also remained crippled in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal, where roads were closed with barbed wires in most parts to prevent movement of vehicles.