Under siege for last couple of weeks, the authorities on Sunday lifted curbs in city centre Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas resulting in thin movement of private vehicle during the day, while in the evening many shops opened to welcome customers.
Restrictions were lifted at TRC, Dalgate, Regal Chowk, Amira Kadal and Budshah Chowk. These areas witnessed considerable movement of private transport during the day.
The movement of vehicles increased in evening, apparently due to relaxation call given by joint resistance camp after 6 pm.
Many shopkeepers at Regal Chowk, Polo View, Lal Chowk, Maharaji Bazar, Goni Khan and other adjacent areas opened their shops. A good numbers of customers visited their shops.
It was after August 13 that shops were open at Regal and Lal Chowk and its adjacent areas in evening.
Shops were also open at Dalgate and Sonwar after 6 pm.
"We are following Hurriyat calendar. From August 13, police didn't allow us to open shops during relaxation period," said a group of traders here adding they had told the authorities that traders would take out peaceful protest march in case they imposed restrictions in evening when business establishments are scheduled to open as per the Hurriyat calendar.
"It is good to be here to witness markets open," said a group of commuters. "The movement of people and the transport provides an impression that the normal life has partially returned".