• 113 flights cancelled at Srinagar airport since Dec 6
• Met predicts rains, snowfall from today
• Traffic to ply from Sgr-Jmu on highway, Shopian to Rajouri on Mughal Road
• Airfares touching skies
Air traffic at Srinagar International Airport was again suspended for the fifth successive day Tuesday, following foggy weather conditions in Kashmir, with the Meterological department predicting snowfall and rains from today onward.
As per the officials at the Srinagar airport, all flights scheduled for Tuesday were again cancelled in view of the foggy weather conditions in the Valley.
Director Srinagar International Airport, Santosh Dokay told Rising Kashmir that all flights from Srinagar were cancelled on Tuesday.
“Due to poor visibility on the track, all 27 flights scheduled for today were cancelled,” he said. “We haven’t witnessed such foggy weather for the past 10 to 15 years that has disrupted the flight operations for more than 4 to 5 days.”
For the past four days, about 113 flights had been cancelled at the airport due to poor visibility, leaving thousands of passengers stranded in Kashmir.
As per the officials, around 26 to 28 flights operate from the Srinagar airport everyday during the winters.
With the cancellation of air traffic, the fares of air tickets are touching the skies.
A group of passengers at TRC Srinagar said there was 40 to 60 percent increase in airfares for the past 5 days and the government had failed to regulate the airline fares.
They said, last year, the government had announced that they would regulate airfares but things had remained unchanged on the ground.
However, the Meteorological department Tuesday predicted light rains and snowfall in the plains while the upper reaches of Kashmir would receive moderate to heavy snowfall from December 11 to 14.
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 from Wednesday onward.
He said the main activity of the snowfall would be on December 12 and 13 and the upper reaches in Ladakh would also receive heavy snowfall during this period.
“This spell of snowfall may lead to temporary disruption of air and road traffic operations in Kashmir region and Union Territory of Ladakh,” Lotus said.
As per the officials at the Meteorological department, Srinagar dipped to minus 2.4 degree Celsius and recorded day temperatures of 3.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday.
North Kashmir’s Kupwara district recorded a low of minus 3.2 degree Celsius last night while night temperatures in Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.3 degree Celsius last night, the official said.
Leh district recorded a low of minus 13.6 degrees Celsius last night while night temperature in Qazigund settled at a low of minus 2.5 degree Celsius.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4 degree Celsius while Jammu recorded a maximum of 19.4 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 8.7 degrees Celsius.
Officials at the Traffic department said there would be a one-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday and the passage of vehicles would be allowed from Jammu toward Srinagar.
“No vehicles will be allowed from the opposite direction,” the officials said.
On Srinagar-Leh highway, the passage of vehicles from Sonamarg toward Kargil would be allowed on Wednesday, the officials said.
Similarly, the passage of vehicles on the Mughal Road connecting the Pir Panjal region would be allowed from Shopian to Rajouri on Wednesday.