Post snowfall: Highway reopens, 8 flights cancelled, 38 operated

MeT predicts light to moderate snowfall today

By: Raja Syed Rather

Srinagar: As many as eight flights were cancelled for the second straight day on Thursday while the Srinagar-Jammu highway was opened for the Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs). However, the Meteorological department here has predicted light to moderate rain and snowfall at scattered places across Kashmir tomorrow.

The highway was closed yesterday as a precautionary measure after the fresh snowfall triggered shooting stones and landslides at several places.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Traffic, Shabir Ahmad Malik said that the men and machinery was pressed into the services soon after the weather started improving.

He said that as soon as the road clearance was completed, the Light Motor Vehicles were allowed to ply.

The official communiqué issued by the department said that subject to the fair weather and better road conditions, the LMVs (Passenger)/private Cars shall be allowed from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar highway tomorrow.

“TCU Jammu/Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic.”

LMVs/private Cars from Nagrota (Jammu) at 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs, from Jakheni (Udhampur) at 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs & from Navyug Tunnel (Qazigund side) 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs (subject to change depending on the road position then). No vehicle shall be allowed before and after cut off timings,” the statement said.

It said that subject to fair weather and better road conditions, HMVs shall be allowed from NAVYUG Tunnel (Qazigund side) towards Jammu after assessing the traffic situation on NHW.

TCU Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the HMVs, the statement said, adding that Mughal Road, Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri Road and Kishtwar-Sinthan Road shall remain closed for vehicular movement in view of snow.

Meanwhile, although the flight operations resumed at Srinagar international airport, but eight flights were cancelled due to poor visibility.

Director Srinagar International Airport, Kuldeep Singh said that eight flights were cancelled today.

He said that 38 flights operated today while eight were cancelled, adding that the passengers of the cancelled flights will be accommodated in next available flight of the concerned airline.

He said that there will be no charges for rescheduling and the passenger can also exercise the option of full refund.

Meanwhile, the weatherman here has predicted moderate rain and snowfall in Kashmir tomorrow, saying that there is possibility of light to moderate rain/snow at scattered places of J&K tomorrow.

The MeT officials said that the weather would remain mainly dry from tomorrow evening till the end of February. (KNO)

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