Rains, Landslides Predicted for 2 Days From Today

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Srinagar: An active Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from April 4 to 6 which could result in widespread rain or snow on higher reaches.

 A Meteorological Department spokesman said here this afternoon that a WD, originating from Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on April 4.

He said light rain at scattered to fairly widespread places with snowfall on higher reaches is likely to commence from April 4th. The intensity and spatial distribution of precipitation will increase from April 4 evening with widespread rainfall or snowfall (on higher reaches) on April 5 and 6l across the state.

“Some places of Jammu &Kashmir is likely to receive hailstorm during 5th and 6th:, he added.

He said there is possibility of landslides, snow avalanche in vulnerable areas like Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Leh, particularly Zojila pass on the highway on April 5 and 6.

He said passengers are advised to contact respective Traffic Control Rooms (TCRs) before starting their journey on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Spokesman said farmers are advised to postpone their farm management practices like spray of orchards and application of fertilizers.

“Farmers are advised to postpone their farm management practices like spray of orchards and application of fertilisers”

Only One Way Traffic Resumes on Highway

Traffic was today resumed on the national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of India after remaining suspended for a day in view of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu where he inaugurated Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu road.

However, despite opening of the longest road tunnel in the country, only one-way traffic will continue till the damaged portion of the highway between Ramban and Ramsu is repaired fully.

Today traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar since only one-way traffic is allowed on the highway for the past about three months, a traffic police official told UNI.

However, no vehicle, including those belonging to Army and other security agencies, would be allowed from opposite direction, he said.

The official said hundreds of vehicles, including trucks, carrying essentials, and passengers left Jammu for Kashmir this morning.

Meanwhile, large number of empty trucks and oil tankers are stranded at different places on this side of the Jawahar tunnel, including Qazigund and Anantnag.

  The truckers said that as per original one-way traffic schedule, vehicles were to ply from Kashmir valley to Jammu today. However, after traffic from Jammu to Srinagar was suspended from yesterday due to PM’s visit, authorities changed the schedule and allowed up convoy today, affecting us (truckers).

Only one-way traffic is being allowed on the highway since January this year after landslides and shooting stones badly damaged the road at several places, where only one-vehicle can cross at a time.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintainance of the highway are working to repair the damaged portion of the road and resume both way traffic.

Enough stock of available

 Enough stock of essentials, including food, petroleum products and LPG cylinders, is available in the Kashmir valley despite only one-way traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Presently the oil companies are maintaining stocks of 1937 KL petrol, 6403 KL diesel, 1637 KL kerosene and 67588 cylinders in Kashmir division, official sources said here today.

They said that Food Corporation of India (FCI) has a current stock of 86194 Metric Tons (MTs) of rice and 10548 MTs of Wheat for Kashmir division which would suffice for next two months. 

They said so far around 3000 quintals of sugar has already been distributed in various districts.

However, customers across the Kashmir valley are alleging that the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) has failed to provide sugar to ration holders for the past several months.

Meanwhile FCS&CA Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali appreciated that though the stock position is good he has urged FCI to enhance their stock situation. He said efforts should be made for maintaining stocks for at least six months so that there is no dearth of food grains at any point of time in the Kashmir division.

Choudhary Ali asked for creating synergy between various agencies engaged in distribution of food grains. He said all the stake holders including FCI, State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), and FCS&CA need to work in harmony and coordination for smooth distribution of food grains.

The Minister also evaluated stock situation of sugar supply for the Valley and said that the supply has already been dispatched to all districts, adding, the distribution has also started in some districts.

Expressing satisfaction over the stocks maintained by the oil companies, the Minister said that in present age it is important that initiatives are taken ahead of time to avoid shortages in future. He also urged oil companies to ensure that quality, safety and weight of the consignment are maintained at all times.

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