Dozens of far-flung, remote areas remain cut off in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 13: Dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remained cut off since Thursday night from their respective districts and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir following moderate to heavy snowfall.
“Roads to Machil, Keran, Karnah and Tangdhar remained closed since Thursday night, following intermittent heavy snowfall,” a Police Control Room (PCR) official said over the phone from Kupwara.
Similarly, he said dozens of other far-flung and remote villages remained cut off from their tehsil and district headquarters after closure of Sadhna top, Z-Gali, Phirkiyan pass and other passes due to moderate to heavy snowfall. But, efforts are being made to clear the snow and restore traffic on these roads also.
The traffic on the roads, connecting these areas with Kupwara town, was resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for three days due to snowfall.
Meanwhile, the border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) from three sides, besides Neeru and dozens of other villages also remained cut off from district headquarters Bandipora since Friday evening due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.
Traffic on the road, which connects Gurez and other dozens of villages with Bandipora, was restored on Thursday after remaining suspended for over a week due to accumulation of snow. But, the road was again closed on Friday evening due to snowfall, a PCR official said over the phone from Bandipora.
The district administration claimed that all essential commodities, including rice, sugar, atta and kerosene oil have been stocked in the areas which remained cut off from district and tehsil headquarters during winter. However, efforts are being made to make sure these areas remained connected throughout the year.