Dozens of far flung, remote villages remain cut off in north Kashmir


Srinagar, Jan 23: Dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) remained cut off from their district and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Bandipora for the about two weeks due to heavy snowfall.
There is also fresh avalanche warning in avalanche prone areas in both the district besides in Baramulla during the next 24 hours when there is forecast for more snow, officials said here on Wednesday.
Border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machils and Tangdhar remained cut off from Kupwara due to closure of all major roads due to heavy to very heavy snowfall during the past two days, they told UNI.
The Z-Gali, Phierkiyan and Sadhna top received two to three feet of fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours, they said adding snow clearance operation has already been launched by different agencies to put through these roads again. However, residents of Karnah and Keran alleged that snow clearance operation by Beacon authorities was very slow.
Official sources said that dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the LoC also remained cut off with their tehsil headquarters due to accumulation of snow on the roads. They alleged that patients are being taken to hospitals on cots after covering several kms on foot due to closure of roads.
The maximum roads remained closed for winter months, they said.
However, authorities said adequate essentials, including rice, atta, gas cylinders, kerosene oil and other items, have been stored at different snow bound areas to meet winter requirement.
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 January 11 due to accumulation of snow and fresh snowfall during the past 48 hours.
A PCR official said over the phone from Bandipora that several feet of snow had accumulated at Razdan pass which connects Gurez with Bandipora.
Though the Beacon authorities have started snow clearance operation on Gurez road, but it is unlikely to reopen before March or April.
To make it all weather road, the Government of India (GoI) has already sanction a tunnel at Razdan pass.