Minimum Temp Improves In Srinagar

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SRINAGAR —The minimum temperature rose above freezing point here on Thursday as the Met forecast rain and snow in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 24 hours till Friday.

“Weather system across the state will intensify and peak during the night with heavy showers in the Jammu division,” a Met official said.

Srinagar recorded 1 degree Celsius against minus 0.1 on Wednesday. Pahalgam recorded minus 0.3 and Gulmarg minus 5.

In Ladakh, Leh was at minus 5.2, Kargil minus 14 and Drass minus 6.2 degrees Celsius.

Jammu recorded 12.1, Katra 11.4, Batote 3.6, Bannihal 1 and Bhaderwah 1.8 degrees Celsius.

One-way traffic continued on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Thursday with authorities allowing only stranded vehicles to move from Jammu to Srinagar, an official said.

Over 3,000 vehicles crossed the Jawahar Tunnel on Wednesday with over 1,000 of these carrying essential supplies for the landlocked Kashmir Valley, the Traffic Department said.

“Today we have decided to allow only the stranded traffic to decongest the highway. The passage of vehicles has to be very cautious and slow at Marog in Ramban-Ramsoo sector where a 200 metre strtch is narrow and bad,” he added.

With the reopening of the highway, the stock position of essentials was improving gradually in the valley.

Acute shortages of petroleum products, vegetables, poultry products, mutton had hit the valley region during the week long closure of the 300 km long highway from February 6 to 12.
Meanwhile, Darbar Move Employees Federation (DMEF) on Thursday urged the donors not to send further donations to the federation for the stranded Kashmiri passengers in Jammu.
The DMEF state president Darbar Ovais Wani thanked all the donors particularly employees and organizations who donated and appealed to all of them not to send more donations for stranded passengers.

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