Highway remains closed for 2nd day, air traffic resumes

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Weather to remain dry for next few days: MeT

Highway remains closed for 2nd day, air traffic resumes

Mansoor Peer

Srinagar, Feb 13:

The Kashmir remained cut off for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed due to the landslides while the air traffic at Srinagar airport resumed following improvement in the weather.
Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic (rural), Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, told Rising Kashmir that no vehicular movement was allowed either from Srinagar or Jammu on Tuesday.
“It is still closed and we are trying to facilitate movement of vehicles which are stranded. The snow was cleared around Jawahar tunnel and some 200 vehicles are stranded there,” he said.
The fresh snowfall and rains have caused landslides and triggered shooting stones at Anokhifal and Ramsoo, compelling the traffic authorities to close the 300-km long highway, leaving passenger vehicles and trucks stranded. “We tried to move the stranded vehicles towards Kashmir but landslides were again triggered at Anokhifal which are being removed,” he said.
The SSP traffic said that they will take a decision to reopen the road for traffic tomorrow and will first allow stranded vehicles to pass by.
“There is a possibility to restore the one-way traffic tomorrow but the decision in this regard will be taken in the morning,” he said.
He said the snowfall has stopped from Tuesday morning and snow has been cleared for one way traffic on the highway; however, the landslides are acting as a hindrance for the traffic.
The national highway which is the only road connecting the valley with the rest of the world was closed as a precautionary measure after the snowfall earlier on Monday night.
Meanwhile, the traffic police department has asked passengers planning to travel on the highway in coming days to contact the concerned traffic control rooms before leaving for their destinations.
The flight operations resumed at Srinagar international airport this morning as the visibility improved following improvement in the weather. “All the flight operations resumed at 10:30 am. A total of 48 flights operated to-and-fro as per schedule. There was a delay of half an hour due to the poor visibility but the weather improved later,” Director Srinagar Airport, Sharad Kumar said.
The flight operation was suspended on Monday due to poor visibility caused by intermittent snowfall in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Metrological department officials said that there has been a significant improvement in the weather from today morning adding that weather will remain dry weather for the next few days.
“The weather will remain dry for the next few days in the Valley,” Director Metrological Department, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir.
The MeT department had predicted heavy rains and snowfall on Sunday following western disturbances. Kashmir received snowfall in plains and upper reaches yesterday ending a nearly two-month-long dry spell in and cheered up people.



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