Sadhna, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan passes remain closed due to fresh snowfall


Srinagar, Feb 25: Sadhna top, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan pass, connecting dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remained closed for the second day on Sunday following fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, 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 for the past about two weeks.
Traffic remained suspended on Sadhna pass, Z Gali and Phirkiyan following fresh snowfall since early Saturday morning and slippery road conditions, a Police Control Room (PCR) official said over phone from Kupwara.
Dozens of far flung and remote villages besides border town of Kernah, Keran, Machil and Tangdhar were cut off from Kupwara because of closure of these passes, he said. He said traffic will be resumed only after improvement in the weather and reviewing of road condition.
He said on the basis of information received from SASE, medium danger avalanche warning for next 24 hrs has been issued on Friday evening for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali and Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Bandipora and Ganderbal in the Kashmir valley.
This winter there was very less snowfall as compared to previous years when these roads remained closed for six months, he said and added 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 suspended since December last year due to accumulation of several feet of snow at Razdan top besides slippery condition.