206 flights cancelled since Dec 6
Sgr-Jmu highway, Mughal road closed
Improvement in weather condition from today: MeT
Flight operations at Srinagar Airport were resumed on Saturday after remaining suspended for eight consecutive days while Srinagar-Jammu highway was again closed for vehicular traffic following fresh snowfall.
The flight operations at Srinagar airport resumed today afternoon following improvement in weather conditions.
Director Airport Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar, Santosh Dhoke told Rising Kashmir that air traffic was resumed today after remaining suspended since December 6.
“Out of total 28 flights, 15 flights from Srinagar to other parts operated normally while 13 morning flights were cancelled in view of poor visibility at airport,” he said.
Dhoke said if weather would remain clear, all flights from Srinagar would operate normally from Sunday onward.
The air traffic was disrupted from December 6 following foggy weather conditions in Valley.
About 206 flights were cancelled since December 6 at the airport.
It was the second highest suspension of air traffic in India.
The resumption of air traffic brought relief to thousands of stranded passengers in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway remained suspended for 3rd consecutive day today after fresh snowfall, shooting stones and landslides on the road.
“The snow has been cleared from Banihal –Qazigund section of the highway and about 100-110 light motor vehicles were allowed to move towards Srinagar today,” he said.
As per official vehicular traffic from Banihal towards Jammu was suspended following landslides and shooting stones at various areas of highway including Panthal, Mompassi, Battery Chesma, Digdole and other places.
“The vehicles will be allowed to ply on the highway once the road is made traffic worthy,” he said.
In Udampur and Khanabal areas of J&K, around 2500-3500 heavy vehicles have been stranded from past three days due to closure of highway.
The traffic on Mughal road remained suspended for 4th consecutive day today following heavy snowfall in Peer Ki Gali and adjacent places.
Traffic on Anantnag-Kishtwar highway is suspended since season’s first snowfall on November 7.
Chief Area Manager, Kashmir Railways, Hari Mohan told Rising Kashmir that special train for stranded passengers was chugged between Srinagar and Banihal section today.
However, trains between Srinagar and Baramulla were chugged as per the schedule, he said.
Mohan said if weather remains clear, they would resume the train services between Srinagar and Banihal from Sunday.
Director Metrological department, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir that they were expecting slight improvement in weather conditions from Sunday morning till 19th of this month.
He said weather would remain dry and cloudy till next 3 to 4 days in Kashmir.
As per the Meteorological department officials, Gulmarg and other upper reaches of Kupwara and Bandipora received fresh snowfall today.
“Gulmarg received 1 and half feet of fresh snowfall while Qazigund recorded 2.2 mm rainfall, Pahalgam 0.6 mm rainfall, Kupwara 1.6 mm rainfall, Batote 3.8 mm rainfall and Bhaderwah 6.7 mm rainfall,” they said.