Sadhna, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan passes reopens after day-long closure


Srinagar, Feb 22: Sadhna top, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan pass, connecting dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), reopened again on Thursday after remaining closed yesterday due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions.
However, the Razdan pass, connecting border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) from three sides remained closed due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions since last week.
We have allowed traffic on Sadhna pass, Z Gali and Phirkiyan after reviewing the road conditions, a Police Control Room (PCR) official said over phone from Kupwara.
There was just three to four inches of snowfall on these passes early yesterday, he said adding the snow later melted after sun came out from the under the clouds.
This winter there was very less snowfall as compared to previous years when these roads remained closed for six months, he added and said this time roads to border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil and Tangdhar remained open during the most period of winter due to less snowfall. However, eleven persons, including an officer of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), were killed in a snow avalanche at Sadhna top in January this year.
Meanwhile, traffic on road connecting border areas, including Gurez and Neeru, with district headquarter Bandipora remained closed due to accumulation of several feet of snow at Razdan top besides slippery condition.