Flight Ops Resume from Srinagar As Visibility Improves

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Srinagar- Air traffic to and from Kashmir resumed on Thursday following improvement in visibility, officials said.

The flight operations at the Srinagar airport were suspended on Wednesday due to bad weather after heavy snowfall in the Valley.

The officials said the operations resumed on Thursday afternoon.

They said the visibility at the airport improved from about 800 metres in the morning to about 1,500 metres in the afternoon, leading to the commencement of the operations.

Earlier in the morning, all flights were delayed while at least two flights were cancelled.

The Kashmir valley received heavy snowfall on Wednesday. It was this season's heavy snowfall in the plains that threw life out of gear and led to the disruption of flight operations.

All the flights at the Srinagar airport were cancelled on Wednesday due to the very poor visibility.

Banihal Highway Reopens For Traffic

The 272-km long Jammu-Srinagar highway on Friday was reopened for traffic after remaining closed for a day due to heavy rain and snowfall triggering shooting stones and landslides.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Traffic, Shabir Ahmad Malik said that the men and machinery was pressed into the services soon after the weather started improving.

He said that as soon as the road clearance was completed, the Light Motor Vehicles were allowed to ply.

The official communique issued by the department said that subject to the fair weather and better road conditions, the LMVs (Passenger)/private Cars shall be allowed from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar highway tomorrow.

“TCU Jammu/Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic.”

LMVs/private Cars from Nagrota (Jammu) at 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs, from Jakheni (Udhampur) at 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs & from Navyug Tunnel (Qazigund side) 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs (subject to change depending on the road position then). No vehicle shall be allowed before and after cut off timings,” the statement said.

It said that subject to fair weather and better road conditions, HMVs shall be allowed from NAVYUG Tunnel (Qazigund side) towards Jammu after assessing the traffic situation on NHW.

TCU Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the HMVs, the statement said, adding that Mughal Road, Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri Road and Kishtwar-Sinthan Road shall remain closed for vehicular movement in view of snow.

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