Snowfall Disrupts Air, Road Connectivity In Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR: Fresh snowfall across the Kashmir Valley on Saturday disrupted air traffic at the Srinagar airport while the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for vehicular movement.

Officials at Srinagar International Airport said due to poor visibility morning flights to and from the airport were again cancelled and delayed.

Traffic department officials said it is currently raining heavily in Udhampur and Ramban, resulting in landslides on the highway and keeping the safety of travellers in mind, traffic on the highway has been halted.

They said that around 3-feet of fresh snow has accumulated on either side of the Jawahar Tunnel since yesterday evening.

District administration Ramban said that while around 3ft snow accumulated at Jawahar Tunnel, around 2ft depth was in adjoining areas of Banihal town. “It is still snowing heavily,” they said.

The highway was closed late Wednesday evening due to landslides, mudslides, and shooting stones at several places along the 270-km stretch, officials said.

It reopened on Friday with over 3000 vehicles stranded on the highway at various places allowed to move towards respective destinations.

Meanwhile, Mughal road, which connects Shopian with Poonch-Rajouri districts, Srinagar-Leh highway, and Sinthan road, connecting Anantnag and Kishtwar districts, remained closed due to snow accumulation.

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