Barring Tangdhar, all border roads remain closed, 270 airlifted in north Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 30: Barring Tangdhar, all roads leading to far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), in Kupwara and Bandipora in north Kashmir remained closed for the past over two weeks due to accumulation of snow.
Meanwhile, 270 passengers at Dawar, Srinagar and Bandipora were lifted in Gurez Heli Service to their respective destinations, an official spokesman said.
There was fresh snowfall since early Wednesday morning in entire north Kashmir, including Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla. There is also a forecast for widespread rain and snow besides warning for avalanche in these district during the next two days.
We have allowed traffic on Kupwara-Tanghdar road after the accumulated snow was cleared yesterday, an official of Police Control Room (PCR) said over phone from Kupwara. The road was still through despite snowfall, he said adding that in case there is heavy snowfall the road will be again closed as a precautionary measure.
However, he said, roads to border towns of Keran, Karnah and dozens of other far flung and remote villages remained closed. Though the snow clearance operation has been launched from both sides on these roads, but due to fresh snowfall and slippery road condition traffic could not be restored.
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.
“A massive snow clearance operation continued on war footing from both Gurez and Bandipora sides to put through the road,” an official of PCR told UNI over phone from Gurez.
He said snow clearance was being hampered in the morning and evening when snow freezes due to below freezing temperature.
The Government of India (GoI) and state government have already sanctioned construction of a tunnel at Razadan pass to connect border town of Gurez with district headquarter Bandipora throughout the year. The road remained closed during winter due to snow.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Dr Shahid Choudhary said Gurez Heli Service was pressed into service on January 28 to airlift the stranded passengers.
He said 100 Passengers were lifted from Bandipora to border area of Dawar while equal number were lifted from Dawar to Bandipora. He said 30 passengers were lifted from Srinagar to Dawar while 40 passengers were lifted from Dawar to Srinagar.