• 250 stranded passengers demand airlift from Drass
• Sgr-Jmu highway reopens
• Traffic suspended on Sgr-Leh highway, Mughal road
Owing to the bad weather conditions in Kashmir, 11 flights at the Srinagar International Airport were suspended on Friday.
A senior official at the airport said, of the total 25 flights, 11 were cancelled due to poor visibility.
“In view of the foggy weather conditions, 11 flights were cancelled while 14 operated normally during the day,” the official said.
Meanwhile, traffic on the Zojila-Leh road remained suspended for the 20th consecutive day, a day after the administration said the road had been opened for traffic.
Around 225 to 250 passengers are stranded on the Srinagar-Leh highway and the authorities have shifted them to Dak Bunglow Drass.
As per the passengers, the administration has failed to restore the Srinagar-Leh highway for the past 20 days due to which they are suffering.
Parvez Ahmad, a passenger, appealed the Lt Governor-led administration to airlift the passengers in view of fresh snowfall prediction next week.
“I have to reach Srinagar but for the past 20 days, the administration has failed to shift us,” he said.
As per the traffic officials, the passage of heavy vehicles from Srinagar to Jammu on the Srinagar-Jammu highway would be allowed on Saturday while the Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) would be allowed from both the sides.
“The LMVs operators have been asked to cross Udhampur and Qazigund junction till 10 am and after that HMVs will be allowed to ply on the highway,” the official said.
Traffic on the Mughal Road connecting the Pir Panjal region remained suspended following the season’s snowfall on November 7.
The Meteorological department predicted light snowfall in the plains and heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of Kashmir from December 11 to 13.
Director Meteorological department, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir that they were expecting another spell of light snowfall and rains in the plains and moderate to heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of Kashmir from December 11 to 12.
He said the main snowfall activity would be on December 12 and the upper reaches in Ladakh would receive heavy snowfall during the period.
“This spell of snowfall may lead to temporary disruption of air and road traffic operations in Kashmir region and Ladakh,” Lotus said.
As per the officials at the Meteorological department, Srinagar night temperature dipped to minus 3.5 degree Celsius and day temperatures of 8.8 degree Celsius on Friday.
North Kashmir’s Kupwara district recorded a low of minus 4.9 degree Celsius last night while night temperature in Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 5.6 degree Celsius last night, the official said.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.6 Celsius while Jammu recorded a maximum of 24.1 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 8.9 degrees Celsius.
Officials said dry and cold spell would likely end on December 11 and in the next four to five days there would be more decrease in night temperatures across Kashmir region.