Dozens of far flung, remote areas remain cutoff in north Kashmir

Dozens of far flung, remote areas remain cutoff in north Kashmir

Srinagar: Border towns of Keran and Machil, besides dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remained cut off for the third successive day on Sunday in north Kashmir due to slippery roads conditions and accumulation of snow.

Meanwhile, the road connecting Bandipora with border town of Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) from three sides, remained closed for the past over two months due to accumulation of snow, particularly at Razdan pass.

“Traffic remained suspended to dozens of far flung and remote villages, including Keran and Machil, due to slippery road conditions following light to moderate intermittent snow since Thursday,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told UNI over phone on Sunday.

He said border town of Kernah continued to remain cutoff for the fourth successive day on Sunday. “On Thursday traffic to the border town and its adjoining areas was suspended as a precautionary measure in view of prediction of snowfall,” he added.

A traffic police official told UNI that snow clearance operation to put through traffic to border town of Gurez has been hampered due to intermittent snow and rain since early Thursday morning.

Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC with district headquarters Bandipora, remained closed from last over two months due to accumulation of snow and fresh snowfall. There was also fresh snowfall at Razdan pass which connects border town of Gurez, Neeru and other border villages with Bandipora since Thursday, affecting snow clearance operations.