Barring Gurez, all roads to remote areas near LoC reopen after 4 days

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Srinagar, Nov 6: Barring Razdan top, all passes and tops, connecting far flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), were reopened for traffic in north Kashmir after remaining closed for four days due to heavy snowfall.
Phirkiyan, Sadhna and Razdan passes, besides Z-Gali which connects many far-flung and remote villages — including those near the LoC — to district headquarter Kupwara, reopened on Tuesday morning for traffic after remaining closed due to accumulation of heavy snow and avalanche threat for four days.
“Traffic was allowed on Kupwara-Keran road after receiving green signal from the traffic police and other concerned officials on Tuesday morning,” a Police Control Room (PCR) official said over phone from Kupwara.
Similarly, he said traffic was also plying normally on Kupwara-Tanghdar and Kupwara-Karnah roads since Tuesday morning after remaining suspended for four days due to acumination of snow.
However, Razdan top, connecting Gurez sector with district headquarter Bandipora, remained closed in north Kashmir due to accumulation of snow. Snow clearance operation was going on war footing on Razdan top.
“Though the snow clearance operation has been started but there is a huge snow at Razdan pass,” a Police Control Room (PCR) official told UNI over phone from Bandipora.
There is also a threat of avalanche in the area, he added.
The residents of Gurez and other border areas are demanding construction of a tunnel at Razdan pass to make it all weather road, which remains closed for six winter months.

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