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Kashmir snow: Jammu-Srinagar highway opens for traffic; flight operation likely to resume at noon

February 24, 2022
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SRINAGAR:  Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been reopened for traffic. However only stranded vehicles are being cleared.  

“All morning flights have been delayed at Srinagar airport. Hopefully, flight operation should start around 12 noon,” said Aamir Ali, director of the disaster management department.

He said National Highway from Udhampur to Banihal is through, except for some stretches where only one way movement is possible. 

“All the stranded Kashmir bound trucks have crossed Navayug tunnel. The movement remained slow due to slippery road conditions between Navayug Tunnel and Qazigund, which delayed the clearance to some extent,” he said.

Aamir noted that only movement of LMVs has been allowed. “The trucks from Qazigund will be allowed later in the afternoon, if there is no further disruption,” he said.

Traffic police have asked people  not to undertake any journey on Jammu-Srinagar NHW,” Traffic police said

Travelers have been asked to contact Traffic control units before embarking on any journey.

They can contact on 191-2459048, 9419147732 in Jammu; 0194-2450022, 2485396 in Srinagar; 9419993745 in Ramban;    8491928625 in Udhampur; 9906154100  PCR Kishtwar to check highway status. 

Meanwhile, massive search and rescue operation has been launched to trace six persons who went missing at Warwan in Kishtwar district.

 “Six persons from Warwan went on foot from Anantnag via Margan Top. It has been more than 20 hours since they made their last call from Margan Top, but they haven’t reached their homes till now. A search operation has been launched by Army, but their whereabouts could not be ascertained,” said Aamir Ali, director of the disaster management department.

The missing men have been identified as Muhammad Akber Koka, Ghulam Nabi Koka, Ajaz Ahmad Koka, Gulzar Ahmed Koka, and Manzoor Ahmed Koka all from Choiudraman Warwan.

Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Ashok Sharma told the local news agency that they are in touch with Army, and efforts are on to trace the missing persons.

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