Srinagar, Dec 22:
Over 8000 vehicles were stranded in Kashmir as the Srinagar-Jammu Highway
remained closed for the second day on Sunday after landslides blocked the road,
The highway was
closed on Saturday afternoon after a massive landslide hit the road at Digdoll
“It is a big
landslide and will take two to three days to clear the road. The highway will
open either on Monday evening or Tuesday morning,” Superintendent of Police
Traffic (rural), Muzaffar Shah said.
highway had opened for a few hours on Saturday morning, a day after authorities
closed it owing to landslides. On Friday, the upper reaches of the valley as
well as capital Srinagar had received light snowfall.
police officer said that thousands of vehicles were stranded on the highway
from the Kashmir side.
“More than 8000
trucks and small goods vehicles are stranded on our side. There are no
passenger vehicles,” Shah said.
On December 17,
the Srinagar-Jammu Highway was closed for a major part of the day after
landslides hit the road at Ramban. Light motor vehicles were allowed to move in
the evening after the landslides were cleared.
The highway had
remained closed for four days till December 15 after western disturbances
brought rain and snow to the valley from December 11 to 14. Those moving from
Jammu to Srinagar had said that the condition of the road was bad and slippery.
“After every wet
spell, the water seeps into the mountains causing landslides,” said Shah.
weather had prompted fog across the plains of the valley causing low visibility
and leading to cancellation of all flights for seven days at a stretch at the
Srinagar Airport from December 7 to 13. The flights started operating after
visibility improved on December 14 but airfares have shown a steep rise.
Mohammad Hussain Mir said that the weather for the next 7 days will remain dry.
“There is no prediction of any wet weather system for the next one week,” he
intense winter period – Chillai Kalan – began in Kashmir valley on Saturday
even as the winter has prolonged this season after five spells of snowfall and
rains already since November 6.
The minimum night
temperature in Srinagar improved to settle at 1.2 degree Celsius which remained
below zero for many days while the maximum day temperature was 8 degree
“It was minus 7.6
degrees at Gulmarg on Saturday night and minus 6.8 degrees at Pahalgam. The
coldest place of the Himalayan region was Drass at minus 21.6 degrees while it
was minus 9.9 at Leh,” said an official of MeT.
6-8, Kashmir received the season’s first heavy snowfall which had affected life
across the valley and disrupted air and road traffic. Then more rains and
snowfall followed on November 14 and 21, bringing down the temperatures and
closing the main highways.