Monday to be pleasantly sunny

Zubair Sofi

SRINAGAR: After five days of rain and bone-chilling cold, weather condition have improved on Sunday.  Weatherman foresees the weather remain dry fro next two days.

There are, however, chances of light showers in upper reaches of the valley on March 14.

“The weather is likely to remain pleasant, this week, as the cloud cover has disappeared there are the least chances of isolated rain/snow from Wednesday,” weatherman’s office told Kashmir Life.

Improved weather, however, has not helped Kashmir to get its road connectivity back as the Srinagar Jammu highway continues to be in bad shape. Owing to landslides, shooting stones and fresh snowfall, vehicular movement on the highway remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day. Traffic Police FB page shared live videos of various crisis points on the highway including landslides at Panthal, Battery Cheshma, Chamalwas and other places. Between Battery Cheshma and Monkey Mode almost an entire hillock had fallen down blocking the road completely. It was partly cleared by around noon when it was made one-way traffic.

Already, massive clearance operations are on for last two days at Anokhi fall.

Officials said after the road builders cleared the massive slides at various places, connectivity was partially resumed on Sunday. The highway has one way passage at various places. Reports said that no vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar as only one-way traffic will continue on the highway.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including trucks and oil tankers, remained stranded at different places on the highway, including Qazigund on this side of the Jawahar tunnel for the past about one week.

On the bad condition of Srinagar-Jammu highway J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed serious concern and accused government of failure. He said the worst condition of the highway has resulted into great hardships to passengers stranded on the road from both sides.

Mir said that government should have taken effective measures to ensure the movement of passengers through additional flights from both Jammu and Kashmir, but it has not been able to do so. He said the government has already failed in stabilising the ticket costs.

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