9: For the third straight day, normal
life remained paralyzed as administration failed to restore essential services
in the valley.
Department (PDD) has not been able to restore electricity even after three
appearing for different exams are the worst hit by the power crisis in Kashmir.
Sample this: For the last three days, Tamanna, who is writing her class X
exams, has not able to focus on her studies under candle light.
brother and I are not able to study under candle light. Entire area has been
plunged into darkness. Nobody is bothered to redress the grievances. It seems
administration has gone into deep slumber,” said Tamanna, a resident of old
Power Development Department, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi said electricity supply to
the emergency services has been restored.
“We are on job to restore electricity across Kashmir,” he added.
A PDD official
said snowfall has caused heavy damage to transformers, electric poles and wires
across the valley. “By Sunday evening,
we expect to restore electricity across Srinagar and major towns. It will take
few more days to restore electricity across Kashmir,” he said.
complicated the problem is the potable water shortage and water logging in
different parts of Kashmir. “Inner roads
in Baramulla district are yet to be cleared from snow. Our lives have been made
miserable. Administration is missing on the ground,” said Bashir Ahmad, a
resident of old town Baramulla.
Srinagar-Jammu national highway was again suspended on Saturday after fresh
landslides occurred at Ramban. “Lots of vehicles are stranded on the highway.
The highway is expected to reopen on Sunday if weather permits,” a spokesperson
of traffic department said.
Air traffic on
the other side was restored on Saturday afternoon.
Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said government was making efforts to
provide basic facilities to people. “Roads are being cleared from snow.
Electricity is also being restored,” Khan said.
Land, air traffic
Srinagar, Nov 9:
Traffic on national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the
rest of the country, was resumed on Saturday after remaining suspended since
Thursday due to heavy snowfall and landslides.
stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards their respective destinations on
the highway, a traffic police official told UNI this morning.
434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway and historic 86-km-long Mughal road
remained closed for the four the day on Saturday due to accumulation of snow
and threat of avalanche.
that there was several feet of snowfall at Jawahar tunnel, Shaitan Nallah,
Banihal and Qazigund, forcing authorities to suspend traffic movement on the
Srinagar-Jammu highway on Thursday.
Heavy rain also triggered over a dozen landslides between Ramban and
Ramsu, he added.
The Border Roads
Organisation (BRO) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) immediately
put into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the snow and
landslides, he said.
clearance operation was completed on this side of the tunnel yesterday, but
fresh landslides in Ramban area hampered the road clearance operation. All
landslides were cleared till Friday evening, but there were four fresh
landslides late in the night.
However, the BRO
and NHAI worked during the night and cleared the landslides, he said, adding it
was later decided this morning to allow stranded vehicles to move on the
He said there
were over 2000 vehicles, mostly carrying fruits from different parts of the
Kashmir valley to outside mandis, stranded on this side of the tunnel. “We have
allowed fruit trucks to move towards Jammu and by 1000 hrs over 900 such
vehicles have crossed the landslide prone areas,” he said.
resumed on Saturday after remaining suspended for two days due to poor
visibility and heavy snowfall from Srinagar International Airport, where flight
services were made operational in the afternoon.
morning flights from the only airport in the valley were cancelled due to poor
“The air traffic
from Srinagar airport has been resumed after 1300 hrs following improvement in
the visibility,” an Airport official told UNI.
He said all the
flights after 1300 hrs were operating normally. But, he said all the morning
flights had to be cancelled due to poor visibility following cloudy weather.
passengers alleged that the air fare has sky rocketed during the last two days.
“As the valley was cut off from the rest of the country due to closures of
Kashmir highway and Mughal road, the air ticket rates hiked many folds, despite
the air traffic also remaining suspended,” Irfan Saleem, a resident of
Srinagar, told UNI.
He said ticket
from Srinagar to Delhi, which was being sold at Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 is being
sold at Rs 10,000 to 11,000. “The authorities have been talking about capping
the rates, but no such initiative has been taken so far and the common people