• All flights cancelled
• Srinagar records coldest night of season
• Highway closed for maintenance today
The foggy weather conditions in Valley on Saturday hit flight operations at Srinagar Airport for the second consecutive day and all flights were cancelled while Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season.
Director Srinagar Airport, Santosh Dokay told Rising Kashmir that all flights from Srinagar were cancelled in view of the foggy weather conditions.
“Due to poor visibility on the track, all 24 flights scheduled for today were cancelled,” he said.
Asked whether arrangements have been made for additional flights to airlift stranded passengers, Dokay said it is to be decided by the airline operators and till now no decision has been taken in this regard.
About 31 flights were cancelled in two days due to poor visibility. Around 24-26 flights operate from Srinagar Airport daily during the winter, officials said.
Meanwhile, Srinagar recorded the coldest night of season with temperature dropping to minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, a weather department official said.
He said Kupwara recorded a low of minus 5.2 last night while night temperature in Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 5.9 degree Celsius last night.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.6 degree Celsius.
The official said Jammu recorded maximum temperature of 24.6 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 8.5 degrees Celsius.
“Drass recorded minimum of minus 25.4 degree Celsius during the night,” he said.
Director Metrological Department, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir that due to high presence of dust particles in atmosphere there was poor visibility today.
“We are expecting improvement in visibility from Sunday afternoon onwards and from Monday there would be less foggy conditions in Kashmir,” he said.
The MeT has forecast widespread to moderate snowfall and rains in J&K and Kargil district of Ladakh from December 11 to 13.
Meanwhile, Srinagar- Jammu highway would remain closed for vehicular traffic today.
“No fresh traffic will be allowed on highway on Sunday in view of maintenance work. There are some patches on highway, which need to be maintained and restored,” an official said.
The traffic plied from both sides on highway today, causing traffic jams.
However, traffic on Zojila-Leh road remained suspended for 21st consecutive day today and about 225-250 passengers continue to remain stranded on the highway.
As per passengers, administration has failed to restore the highway from last 21 days.
The passengers demanded airlifting from Drass, where they have kept by the authorities.
The traffic on Mughal Road connecting Pir Panjal region with Valley remained suspended.
The road has been closed for traffic from last one month.
Officials said snow clearance operations were underway to make the road traffic worthy again.