Operation to restore traffic to remote areas affected due to fresh snowfall in Kashmir


Srinagar, Jan 20: Snow clearance operations to restore traffic to dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), have been badly hit due to fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours and prediction of more in coming days.
These areas remained cut off from the last about 11 days from their respective districts and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir following moderate to heavy snowfall last week.
Meanwhile, traffic on Kupwara to Karnah, a border town in north Kashmir, road was suspended on Saturday due to moderate snowfall. The Kupwara-Karnah road was reopened on Thursday evening after remaining closed for a week due to heavy snowfall.
“Roads to Machil, Keran and Tangdhar remained closed for the past about 11 days following heavy snowfall,” a Police Control Room (PCR) official told UNI over the phone from Kupwara.
He said traffic on Kupwara-Karnah road was also suspended on Saturday following fresh snowfall.
Similarly, he said dozens of other far-flung and remote villages too remained cut off from their tehsil and district headquarters after closure of Sadhna top, Z-Gali, Phirkiyan pass and other passes due to moderate to heavy snowfall. “Efforts are being made to clear the snow and restore traffic on these roads,” he said.
However, he said fresh snowfall on Saturday has badly affected the snow clearance operation in these areas.
Meanwhile, the border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, besides Neeru and dozens of other villages also remained cut off from district headquarters Bandipora since January 11 due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.
A PCR official told UNI over the phone from Bandipora that it is highly unlikely that the road will again be put through for traffic during winter months. “Huge snow has accumulated on the road, particularly at Razdan pass and the clearance operation has become very tough as the snow has become very hard due to mercury dropping several degrees below freezing point,” he said.


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