People continue to suffer as far flung, remote areas remain cut off in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 29: People living in dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), continued to suffer as these areas remained cut off from their respective districts and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir from over two weeks due to accumulation of snow.
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said some patients in Keran, Kupwara are in serious condition and need emergency airlift to be shifted to Srinagar. “Request @jandkgovernor to make the arrangements at the earliest,” she wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
“Roads to Machil, Keran, Karnah and Tangdhar remained closed from the last two weeks due to accumulation of snow,” a Police Control Room (PCR) official said over the phone from Kupwara on Tuesday.
Similarly, he said dozens of other far-flung and remote villages too remained cut off from their tehsil and district headquarters after closure of Sadhna top, Z-Gali, Phirkiyan pass and other passes due accumulation of snow. But, efforts are being made to clear the snow and restore traffic on these roads also.
He said road to border town of Keran is expected to reopen for traffic in the afternoon as snow clearance operation is going on war footing. “The weather is clear today and the maximum temperature has also improved due to sunshine. We are hopeful that the road to the border town will be reopened for traffic from this afternoon,” he added.
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 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 tehils 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 administered Kashmir (PaK) from three sides with Bandipora throughout the year. The road remained closed during winter due to snow.