Srinagar: Traffic was on Tuesday restored on strategically important road, connecting the border town of Gurez and dozens of other far-flung and remote villages in Bandipora district with rest of the valley, after remaining suspended for a day due to a snow avalanche and fresh snowfall.
“Vehicles were on Tuesday allowed to ply from Bandipora to Gurez as one-way traffic was allowed on the road after clearance of snow avalanche,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Bandipora, told UNI over the phone on Monday.
He said only vehicles fitted with chains on tyres will be allowed on the road in view of slippery road conditions followed accumulation snow in some areas.
He said Bandipora-Gurez road was closed on Monday due to a snow avalanche and fresh snowfall on Sunday.
However, he said Border Road Organization (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the road, pressed into service sophisticated machines and put through the road for traffic.
Gurez was on April 10 reconnected with district headquarters Bandipora in north Kashmir after remaining cutoff for over four months due to the accumulation of snow, avalanches and slippery conditions.
The authorities provide helicopter services to ferry patients and other stranded people, including students, from Gurez during these winter months. As many as 150 aspirants appearing in Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) examination were airlifted to Bandipora from Gurez by District Administration Bandipora last month. Similarly, many patients were airlifted from Gurez to Bandipora for medical treatment.