Admin caught napping: Snow throws life out of gear in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 14:
For the second day, life was thrown out of gear in Kashmir with many areas
remaining cut-off due to the snow, on Tuesday.
water supply system has been badly affected as authorities failed to restore
the essential services particularly in the countryside and far-flung areas of
Kashmir improved on Tuesday as bright sun appeared after two days of snowfall. However, it brought no relief to the people
as snow clearance work is yet to take off in many areas of north, central and
south Kashmir parts.
to stay indoors in many areas of Baramulla, Kupwara, and Handwara as heavy snow
has blocked all roads and alleys.
Kupwara said dozens of villages were cut-off as the administration didn’t clear
the snow from the roads. Villages connecting Kupwara town to Chowikbal and
Lolab are currently inaccessible as administration has not cleared the snow
from the roads.
“There is around
five feet snow in Kupwara district. Villages including Trehgam, Kralpora,
Panzgam, Krusan, and Hyhama are completely cut-off from the town. Though some JCBs were pressed into service,
yet all the efforts of administration did not yield results,” said Firdous
Ahmad a resident of Kupwara.
situation in Baramulla district is no different where roads in are blocked
Mohammad Shafi a
resident of Nihalpora in Pattan block said authorities haven’t cleared the snow
from the important road connecting national highway.
suffering without water and electricity. People can’t move out of their homes
to buy essentials because of heavy snow accumulation on the roads,” he said.
including Safa Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Bohri Kadal, MA road, Hari Singh High Street
and Hazoori Bagh were waterlogged as snow started melting on Tuesday.
“We are using
salt so that snow melts quickly. Further the areas where streets are blocked
are also being cleared by our men,” one of the officials said.
Kashmir’ Budgam and Ganderbal districts, people complained of power outages and
water scarcity. “We are without water supply for the last two days now. No
clearance work has begun in these villages and people are suffering immensely,”
Iqbal Ahmad a resident of Shopian said.
National Highway remained blocked for traffic on third consecutive day.
An official of
the Traffic Control Room said traffic was suspended from both the sides of the
highway due to the fresh snowfall and rains in Qazigund area.
“The condition of
road is very slippery due to the fresh snowfall at Qazigund,” he said.
Another official from the Traffic Control Room
Ramban informed that around 452 vehicles are stranded between Ramban to
road is being cleared at Digdol, Monkey Mode, Iron stand where landslides
occurred yesterday. We are hoping that the traffic will resume tomorrow,” he
Flight operation on Srinagar Airport was hit in
the morning due to the slippery condition on the runway. “Flight
operations resumed in the afternoon,” an official said.
Meteorological Department has predicted light to moderate rains and snowfall in
Kashmir for the next 24 hours. Qazigund and Pahalgam in south Kashmir received
9.4mm and 10.6mm rainfall on Tuesday. Banihal and Batote in Jammu division
recorded 8.0 and 8.8 mm rainfall respectively.
Monday night recorded 68.8 centimeters of snowfall. Kupwara, Pahalgam and
Srinagar recorded 50, 40.5 and 3.3 centimeters of snowfall respectively.
Pahalgam resort was the coldest place with temperature plummeting to minus 9.5
degrees Celsius, followed by Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir at minus
7.6 degrees Celsius.