Normal life in Kashmir was affected today with shops closed and a thin traffic movement as the Valley observed a shutdown to protest an erratic power curtailment schedule.
The shutdown call has been given by Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA),a representative body of traders and industrialists,who had called for a complete shutdown to protest the power shortage in the valley.
Many major markets of the city were completely closed,with shops and other business establishments around the Lal Chowk,Residency Road,M A Road and Jehangir Chowk remaining shut in response to the shutdown call.
However,private and public transport were plying on many routes of the city though the number of vehicles were limited.
Members of the KEA have demanded proper electricity supply and warned that the current power crisis will have an adverse impact on Kashmir’s struggling economy.
Kashmir has been simmering with anger over the shortage of power supply as residents face a harsh winter without electricity.
A 12th standard student was killed and two others injured earlier this week when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel opened fire on protesters demanding electricity in Uri town of Baramulla.
There have been protests in the city here over the last few weeks and in Baramulla yesterday as residents demand proper electricity supply.
A new curtailment schedule announced by the Power Development Department limited the power supply to many areas to only several hours each day.