Srinagar-Jammu Highway Remains Closed For 5th Day

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Flights Take Off From Srinagar After 4 Days

Srinagar- The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was shut for traffic for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in the wake of heavy snowfall over the past four days.

The 260 kilometre-long highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, was blocked by the accumulation of snow and landslides on Sunday.

“No fresh vehicle movement has been allowed on the highway today as well,” an official of the Traffic control room said.

He said men and machinery were on the job to clear the highway, but the road was still blocked at several places.

“The highway is blocked at Samrolli, Nashree, Cafeteria Morh, Seri, Marog and Jawahar Tunnel,” he said.

The official said once the highway was cleared, stranded traffic would be allowed to ply.

However, Mughal Road, the alternate road-link which connects the valley to Jammu Division through Shopian-Rajouri axis, was closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in the region, he said.

The Kashmir Valley was cut-off from the rest of the country on Sunday as the surface and the aerial connections were suspended because of the heavy snowfall.

However, the air traffic to and fro the valley was restored on Thursday morning as flight operations took place at the Srinagar airport after four days.

The heavy snowfall threw life out of gear in the valley with the administration pressing men and machinery into service to clear the roads of snow. While most of the main roads have been cleared, many link roads were yet to be cleared, the officials said.

Power supply has also been restored at most places in the valley, they added.

Flights Take Off After 4 Days

Meanwhile Air traffic was restored at Srinagar airport on Thursday after remaining suspended for four days due to snowfall in the valley, officials said.

“The first flight landed at Srinagar Airport this morning. The flight is scheduled to leave for Delhi soon,” an official of the Airport Authority of India said.

The air traffic between Srinagar airport, the only civilian airport in Kashmir, and rest of the country was suspended on Sunday due to snowfall which continued till Wednesday.

 

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