• Cold wave to intensify in Kashmir
• Nine flights cancelled at Srinagar airport
• Budgam-Baramulla railway service remains suspended
Following bad weather conditions, the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for third straight day Tuesday with weather officials predicting more cold in the Valley in the coming days.
The 270-kilometer highway was closed for vehicular movement on Sunday following snow and rains along the road that triggered landslides and shooting of stones at many places.
An official of the Traffic department said the highway was shut due to landslides at several places along its mountainous stretches.
He said amid inclement weather they had cleared stranded vehicles on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the crucial route for transporting essential supplies to the Valley.
“We have kept the trucks carrying essential stock at Udhampur and fruit-laden trucks are waiting at Anantnag. Man and machinery has been put in place to clear the highway,” he said. “There is slippery condition on the highway.”
The official said snow clearance measures have been put in place to restore the highway.
After snowfall, Director Metrological Department, Sonam Lotus said that the cold wave would intensity in the valley within two to three days.
“We are expecting another spell of light snowfall from January 17 to 18. Its intensity will be low compared to the previous spells,” he told Rising Kashmir.
The Meteorological department has also issued an avalanche warning for the upper reaches and especially for the areas that are prone to avalanches.
At Srinagar International Airport, the flight operation was affected for the second day due to poor visibility.
However, it resumed later after the improvement in weather.
Director Srinagar Airport, Sontosh Dhoke told Rising Kashmir that a total of 27 flights were scheduled on Tuesday of which 18 were as per schedule while nine were cancelled.
“The flight operations lasted until 6 pm,” he said.
Meanwhile, due to Monday’s heavy snowfall in northern Kashmir and presence of snow on the railway lines, the train service between Budgam and Baramulla remained suspended.
“However, Srinagar-Banihal railway services was as per schedule,” a senior official of the Northern Railways said.
Meanwhile, two other roads leading out of the Valley - the Mughal road in south Kashmir and Srinagar-Leh highway, Tangdar-Teeetwal road and Kupwara-Karnah road continue to remain shut.
North Kashmir received this year’s heavy snowfall on Monday, throwing normal life out of gear with people facing power outages and many areas remaining disconnected from the district headquarters.