Srinagar-Jammu highway cleared of snow, debris; stranded vehicles allowed to ply as of now

PTI | Srinagar | Updated: 08-01-2021 13:47 IST | Created: 08-01-2021 13:35 IST
Srinagar-Jammu highway cleared of snow, debris; stranded vehicles allowed to ply as of now
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

Vehicles stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway were allowed to ply towards their destinations on Friday as the arterial road was cleared after remaining closed for five days due to heavy snowfall, officials said.

No new traffic was, however, allowed on the highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, even though there was improvement in weather conditions across the Valley, they said.

''Stranded traffic has been allowed to move after the highway was cleared for the movement of traffic this morning,'' an official of the Traffic control room said.

The 260-kilometre-long highway was blocked due to snow, landslides and shooting stones caused by heavy snowfall since Sunday.

''After the light traffic is cleared, essential service vehicles and fuel and gas tankers will be allowed to ply towards Srinagar,'' he said.

The decision on re-opening the highway for fresh traffic will be taken once all the stranded vehicles are cleared and the condition of the road, which has become slippery at places due to snowfall, is assessed, the official said.

The official said Mughal Road – the alternative road-link which connects the Valley to Jammu division through the Shopian-Rajouri axis – was closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in the region.

Kashmir valley was cut off from the rest of the country on Sunday as the surface and the aerial connections were suspended because of the heavy snow.

However, air traffic to and from Sringar airport was restored on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the weather office said conditions have improved across the Valley and it is likely to remain dry till January 14.

The weatherman said the minimum temperature went down at most places in the region and settled below the freezing point.

Srinagar city -- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir -- recorded a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in the Gulmarg tourist resort settled at minus 10 degrees Celsius. It was minus 8.4 degrees Celsius a night earlier.

The Pahalgam tourist resort, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, Kupwara (in the north) minus 1.7 degrees Celsius, and Kokernag, minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, the Met said.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' -- the 40-day harshest winter period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are the highest during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

While 'Chillai-Kalan' – which began on December 21 -- will end on January 31, the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day-long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



Why unequal access to coronavirus vaccines is a threat to us all

... ...

India’s love affair with fossil fuels: the path to sustainable development?

... ...


Latest News

Scoreboard: 3rd India-England Test, Day 2

Scoreboard on the second day of the third DayNight Pink Ball Test between India and England here on Thursday. England 1st Innings 112 all out Indian 1st innings Overnight 993 Rohit Sharma lbw b Jack Leach 66 Shubman Gill c Zak Crawley b Jof...

Vishwa Hindu Parishad not afraid of repression, murder: VHP working president

By Suchitra Mukherjee A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh RSS worker was killed in a clash between RSS and Social Democratic Party of India SDPI workers in Keralas Alappuzha district on Wednesday night.The 23-year-old man, identified as Nandhu, w...

India unveils tougher rules for social media such as Facebook, Twitter

India announced new rules on Thursday to regulate big social media firms, such as Facebook and Twitter, the latest effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modis government to tighten control over Big Tech firms.The rules come after Twitter ignore...

New guidelines for digital media, OTT to self-classify content into 5 age based categories

There should self-classification of content for Over The Top OTT platforms, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday while unveiling the new policies for digital media. For OTT, there should be self-classification of content -- 13,...

Give Feedback