Srinagar, Jan 12:
Fresh snowfall in Kashmir threw life out of gear in the Valley on Sunday and
disrupted flight operations at the airport here, officials said.
Most parts of the
Valley received moderate to heavy snowfall on Sunday which continued during the
According to a
MET official, while the plains received light to moderate snowfall, the higher
reaches of the valley and Jammu and Ladakh regions experienced heavy snowfall.
recorded two centimetres of snow till 8:30 AM, while Pahalgam tourist resort in
south Kashmir’s Anantnag district recorded nine centimetres, he said.
in Baramulla district of north Kashmir recorded eight centimetres of fresh
snow, while Kupwara, also in the north, received 25 cm, the official added.
There are reports
of heavy snowfall in most parts in the higher reaches of the Valley, Jammu
region and some parts of Ladakh Union territory, he said.
The MET Office
has forecast widespread snowfall across the valley till Monday.
affected flight operations at Srinagar airport as no flight was able to land
till about noon.
Indigo cancelled all flights to and fro Srinagar for the day, the official
He, however, said
if there was improvement in the weather, the air traffic would most likely
stranded vehicles were allowed to ply for second successive day on Sunday on
Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir with rest of the country.
traffic was disrupted for sometime early in the morning due to slippery road
conditions following fresh snow and shooting stones at some areas on the
highway, where hundreds of vehicles have been stranded since Friday amid chilly
disruption early in the morning due to snowfall, stranded vehicles were allowed
to ply towards their respective destinations on Srinagar-Jammu national
highway,” a traffic police official said.
were on Saturday allowed to move towards their respective destinations on the
highway, where several thousand vehicles, including those carrying passengers,
were stranded since Friday due to slippery road conditions coupled with heavy
However, he said
traffic was on Sunday morning again suspended on the highway due to slippery
road conditions following by fresh snowfall and shooting stones. But, he said
traffic was again restored on the highway after some hours.
He said hundreds
of Kashmir bound Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs), loaded with diesel, petrol, LPG
and other essentials, were stranded on the other side of the Jawahar tunnel.
“Similarly hundreds of passenger vehicles, which had left Srinagar on Friday,
were stranded at Banihal and other areas,” he said. The passengers, including
women, children and elderly persons had to spent night in vehicles. They
alleged that vehicles were stopped at places where there is no facility.
The LMV passenger
vehicles on way to Jammu remained stranded at Banihal and Qazigund, official
said, adding it was decided to allow these vehicles only after Kashmir bound
HMVs will cross tunnel.
He said fresh
traffic will be allowed only after clearing stranded vehicles on the highway.
434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting Union
Territory (UT) Ladakh with Kashmir valley, remained suspended for the past over
one month on Sunday due to accumulation of over five feet snow and slippery
86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and
Poonch in Jammu region, and Anantnag-Kishtwar road also remained closed for the
past 33 days. There is no possibility of reopening of these roads before
Stocks of essential items being replenished: Admin
Srinagar, Jan 12:
Stocks of essential supplies are being replenished after fresh supplies of fuel
and food items were received in Kashmir on Sunday.
The fuel supplies
received up to 4 pm include 260 tankers of diesel, 189 tankers of petrol and 43
tankers of kerosene oil.
include 82 tankers and 57 trucks of Liquified Petroleum Gas or LPG.
The trucks with
different kinds of food items received add up to a total of 110 — including 70
trucks with rice and 40 trucks with vegetables and mutton.
It should be
noted that movement of vehicles with essential supplies on Jammu-Srinagar road
is being prioritised and that more supplies are expected to be received in
administration has urged the general public not to panic assuring that
sufficient supplies of essential items are being received and stocks