Fog Grounds Flights For Fourth Consecutive Day

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SRINAGAR – Flight operations at the Srinagar airport remained suspended for the fourth straight day on Tuesday as all flights to and fro the Kashmir Valley were cancelled due to poor visibility caused by heavy fog, officials said.

“All flights at the Srinagar airport were cancelled on Tuesday and no flight operations took place for the fourth straight day,” an official of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said.

He said the visibility at the airport was very poor due to heavy fog and the conditions were not suitable for flight operations.

“The visibility at the airport has been hovering around 100 to 500 metres only while as the required visibility is 1000 to 1200 metres. So, all flights for the day were cancelled,” the official said.

The flight operations have been severely affected at the airport for the past five days.

On Friday, several flights were cancelled, while no flight operations took place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

A thick layer of fog engulfed most parts of the valley on Tuesday affecting the visibility and causing problems to the people, especially the motorists.

Surface Links Open For One-Way Traffic

Only one-way traffic was allowed on Tuesday on the national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country to avoid traffic jam and accidents.

The Srinagar-Leh national highway and historic 86-km-long Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region were also through for one-way traffic only, a traffic police official said.

Today Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) and Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs), including those carrying passengers and fruit besides empty oil tankers will operate from different parts of the Kashmir valley towards Jammu. No vehicle will be allowed to ply from opposite direction, he said adding only one-way traffic will continue on the highway till further orders.

There is also a forecast for heavy to very heavy snowfall in the Jammu and Kashmir from today for three days which could affect surface transport. Air traffic remained suspended for the past four days at Srinagar airport.

The Mughal road was also through for one-way traffic, he said adding today Kashmir bound vehicles will ply from Rajouri and Poonch to Shopian.

He said despite slippery road conditions due to below freezing temperature during the night, one-way traffic will ply on Srinagar-Leh national highway. Today vehicles will ply from Srinagar to Leh. No vehicle will be allowed to ply from opposite direction, he said. (With Inputs From Agencies)

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