For the first time since militancy broke out in the Kashmir Valley in 1989, the state government is working on an ambitious project of reviving nightlife for the Islamic month of Ramzan, wherein people fast from dawn to dusk, reports Hindustan Times.
The major first-ever post-sundown food festival was set up at Kashmir Haat, where 10 food outlets will serve iftaar, an array of food items served to break the fast after the sundown. The government which wants to draw a crowd post-sundown is also expecting to revive the economy.
And guess what? Our famous ‘Khan Chacha’, ‘Karim’ and ‘Qureshis’ of Delhi have been roped in as best eating joints to make people break the fast outside their homes. The topping will be Delhi bhalla papdi chat.
The event, organized by the state culture ministry and collaborated by other departments like Srinagar Municipal Corporation, will also set up night-long food joints outside major shrines. The government is also planning to provide night bus service to ferry devotees.
It will be the first time that once violence-marred parts of the old city, where most of these shrines are located, will get to taste the nightlife, which has otherwise remained dull and lifeless for the past 26 years. Nayeem Ahmad, a 25-year-old college-goer, said:
“It will be a new thing for us to eat outside during Ramzan. I have never been out till late in the evening ever in my life. So I am excited to visit Kashmir Haat and taste kebabs etc.”