• Over 5000 vehicles stranded
• 15 flights cancelled at Srinagar airport
• Airfares increase manifold
• MeT predicts another spell of snow fall Jan 21-24
The traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday while 15 flights were cancelled at Srinagar airport.
Traffic department officials said around 5000-5500 vehicles are stranded on both sides of Srinagar and Jammu sections on the highway.
They said landslides have been cleared and only stranded vehicles would be allowed to ply to their respective destinations on highway tomorrow.
“However, no fresh traffic will be allowed on highway,” they said.
Earlier on Sunday, the snowfall in tunnel area and multiple landslides between Ramsoo and Panthiyal in Ramban blocked the highway from both sides.
Thousands of fruit laden vehicles from Kashmir, mostly trucks, are stranded between Khanabal and Qazigund sections of the highway from past 6 days.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Leh highway, Anantnag-Kishtwar and Mughal road continued to remain closed for vehicular traffic due to accumulation of several feet of snow and slippery road conditions.
Due to closure of highway, the airfares between Srinagar and other parts are touching skies.
There has been 50-60% increase in the airfares from past four days.
Director Srinagar International Airport, Sontosh Dhoke told Rising Kashmir that owing to poor visibility and accumulation of snow at the airport, 15 flights at the airport were cancelled today.
“No flight operations took place in the morning. At least 15 morning flights to and fro from Srinagar were cancelled,” he said.
The flight operations at Srinagar airport have been affected for the past few days. All flights were cancelled on January 12 and 13 January and only few flights operated on January 14.
The flight operation was again disrupted due to heavy snowfall on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Director Metrological Department Kashmir, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir that there are chances of light snowfall at isolated places of Jammu and Kashmir over next 24 hours.
“No major snowfall is expected for the next five days,” he said adding another spell of lesser intensity of snowfall is likely from January 21 to 24.
The Meteorological Department has forecast that cold wave would continue in Kashmir for next 6-7 days.
Due to cold wave, the night temperature would drop below freezing point.