Srinagar: Roads to several far-flung and remote villages, including border town of Karnah, reopened on Sunday after remaining closed for six days due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of snow.
However, dozens of villages, including near the Line of Control (LoC), in north Kashmir district of Kupwara and Bandipora, remained cut off with their respective tehsil and district headquarters due to accumulation of several feet of snow and slippery road conditions.
“One-way traffic was on Sunday restored on Kupwara-Karnah road after remaining suspended for six days due to heavy snowfall earlier this week,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told UNI.
He said one-way traffic from Karnah to Kupwara was allowed to ply this morning after clearance of snow from the road, including Sadhna top, and improvement in the weather conditions. “Sadhna top had received about 5 feet of snow, earlier this week,” he said.
He said traffic remained suspended for the seventh day on Sunday to dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including Keran, Machil and Tanghdar, due to accumulation of several feet of snow. “Phirkiyan pass and Z-Gali received about 2 to 3 feet of snowfall earlier this week,” he said, adding snow clearance operation was going on war footing to restores traffic to these areas.
“Traffic will be resumed to these areas only after clearance of the road and getting a green signal from officials deployed on the ground,” he added.
An official of Police Control Room (PCR) from Bandipora told UNI that Gurez, which is surrounded from Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, remained closed for traffic for the eighth successive day on Sunday. “Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC with district headquarters Bandipora, received over 2.5 feet of fresh snowfall this week,” he said.
He said the snow clearance operation in Gurez was halted after fresh 3 to 4 inches of snow was received at Razdan pass and adjoining areas on Saturday.