Far flung, remote villages remain cut off in north Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 28: The border town of Keran, Karnah, Machill and Tangdhar besides Gurez and dozens of other 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 past over two weeks due to accumulation of snow which has now freezed.
There was also fresh avalanche warning in avalanche prone areas in both the district besides in Baramulla during the next 24 hours.
A massive snow clearance operation continued on war footing from both Gurez and Bandipora sides to put through the road, an official of Police Control Room (PCR) said over phone from Gurez.
He said snow clearance was being hampered in the morning and evening when snow freezes due to below freezing temperature.
However, he said, snow clearance operation was also going on to connect far flung and remote areas with their respective tehsils and district headquarter.
The Government of India (GoI) and state government have already sanctioned to construct a tunnel at Razadan pass to connect border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) from three sides with Bandipora throughout the year. The road remained closed during winter due to snow.
Meanwhile, the border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machils and Tangdhar remained cut off from Kupwara following closure of all major roads due to accumulation of snow.
A PCR official said over phone from Kupwara that Z-Gali, Phierkiyan and Sadhna pass remined closed due to accumulation of several feet of snow adding snow clearance operation has already been launched by different agencies to put through these roads again.
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.