Valley witnesses fresh snowfall

Valley witnesses fresh snowfall

Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal road closed for traffic

Srinagar, Dec 12: The fresh snowfall disrupted life in Kashmir Valley while traffic movement on majority of the link roads was temporarily suspended. The Srinagar-Jammu highway and Mughal road were also closed for vehicular movement on Tuesday.
MeT has also predicted more rains and snow fall in Jammu and Kashmir. The present weather conditions are like to continue till Friday.
An official said that due to heavy snowfall the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for traffic. He said that heavy snowfall was witnessed across Banihal Tunnel. The highway was closed due to heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel, the Patnitop and Ramban areas and landslides at Pathiyal. Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was also closed after heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali.
Air traffic was restored at Srinagar International Airport after remaining affected due to poor visibility and snow since early Tuesday morning.
The runway has been cleared of snow and visibility has improved at the airport, an official of the airport said.
However, the first flight which left New Delhi had to wait for about half an hour in the mid-air as visibility suddenly dropped at the airport. The flight has now landed after the visibility again improved, he said adding two more flights also landed safely.
In reply to a question he said so far no message was received from any airlines about the cancellation of any flight from Delhi or Jammu. The other flights would also operate provided there is no weather disturbance again.
However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country remained closed since Monday due to snow and landslides.
An official said that Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal road, Srinagar-Kargil road, Kargil-Zanaskar Road, Bandipora-Gurez, Kupwara-Karnah Road, Kupwara-Machil Road, Kupwara-Keran Road, Anantnag- Kishtwar Road were suspended for traffic due to slippery conditions.
Snowfall was also recorded in different tourists sport including Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Kokarnag. Gulmarg received the maximum snowfall of over 2 feet.
In Jammu, there was very heavy snowfall in the hill regions of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts, due to which some inter-district and inter- state roads were closed.