Kashmir remains cut off ;Snow shuts highway, airport
15: The Kashmir valley remained cut off
from the rest of the world as snowfall disrupted air and road traffic on
received light snowfall, the higher reaches of the valley, Jammu and Ladakh
regions experienced heavy snowfall on Wednesday.
National Highway continues to remain closed for traffic due to shooting stones
and landslides. As per the Traffic Control Room, Srinagar, traffic was
suspended due to the landslides and slippery condition on the road.
“It is constantly
snowing at Qazigund. The road is slippery, due to which the traffic was not
allowed today as well,” an official of the traffic department said.
Room, Ramban, said fresh landslides and shooting stones occurred at Panthal,
Digdol, Iron Stand and Monkey Stand on Wednesday.
clearance is underway. But fresh landslides and shooting stones were reported
at different places on Wednesday. No
traffic was allowed from Udhampur to Srinagar as the road is too slippery,” an
As many as 5000
vehicles are stranded between Udhampur and Ramban since Tuesday.
the cancellation of all the 27 flights scheduled for Wednesday. “The visibility
at runway was very poor due to which all the 27 flights were cancelled on
Wednesday,” an official at Srinagar Airport said.
were also affected as only two out of 20 trains could run on Wednesday. “The
train service almost remained closed today. We could only run two trains from
Budgam to Anantnag and Anantnag to Budgam,” said Vikramjit, one of the
Srinagar said Qazigund and Pahalgam received 2.5 cm snow each while Kokernag
Gulmarg and Kupwara received 0.5 cm, 14 cm and 1.5 cm of snowfall
Met has forecast
scattered snowfall across the valley till January 18. “From January 18 to 20,
there will be snowfall or rains at isolated places in the Kashmir valley,” a
Met official said.
Meanwhile, many areas in Kashmir are still out
of bounds as snow clearance is yet to take off.
“There has been no snow clearance on Kupwara- Lolab road due to which
people are suffering immensely. Locals
can’t move out and any medical emergency under such circumstances can prove fatal,”
said Firdous Ahmad a local from Kupwara.