Air Traffic Resumes To Srinagar, Stranded Vehicles Cleared On Highway

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SRINAGAR: With the weather lifting over the Kashmir Valley, air traffic to the Srinagar Airport resumed on Saturday afternoon, and vehicles stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for over two days were cleared for their destinations.

The Valley’s sole surface link across the Pir Panjal, however, has not been opened for regular traffic yet, and one-way movement of vehicles would be allowed only after the green signal from the Beacon which is battling deep snow, freezing cold and iced roads to clear the highway.

Some parts of the Valley like Daksum and Pahalgam in the south, and Kapran, Kulan and Pismar in the north received another spell of heavy snowfall early this morning, and the sun peeped out briefly elsewhere with a lightening of overcast skies.

The meteorological department has forecast dry weather for the next two days, but said that clear conditions have heightened the risk of avalanches in the higher reaches.

The divisional administration has cleared inter-district routes with hectic snow clearance operations, and internal links in Srinagar and major towns too have been made motorable.

Roads in many rural areas and town-outskirts, however, remain blocked as snow clearance had not been yet taken up, reports said.

These include heavily-snowbound remote areas which continue to remain cut-off from the rest of the valley, and deprived of power supply.

Authorities said that electric supply had been restored to many areas in north Kashmir late on Friday night, but repairs for far-flung habitations would take more time.

Power was largely restored in Srinagar as well, but according to the PDD extensive damage to transmission lines and police in parts of outlying districts would take more time to repair.

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