10 days on, Uri villages still cut off by snow

Baramulla: More than a dozen villages of border town Uri in district Baramulla are still cut off from main town Uri and the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Highway because of uncleared snow.
Residents complained that for the last 10 days several villages like Churanda, Soura, Hathlanga, Lachipora, Manyan, Zamboorpatten, Gawalta, Bandi, Trikanjan, Baden, Chotali, Banali have been cut off from main towns, because of which residents were facing immense hardships.
“The government departments including R&B and other are in deep slumber. Students, patients and other people from the area are facing lot of problems,” said Syeed Mohammad Akbar, a local resident.
Akbar said that most villages in Uri tehsil were also without electricity and drinking water after snowfall damaged pipelines and electric poles.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash said that the R&B department had cleared 80 percent of the roads in the district.
“The rest 20 percent roads will be cleared within three days,” Naqash said. “There are 2400 kilometer main roads in district and we have cleared almost all the roads, however there are some link roads or border roads which are still to be cleared of snow but we will clear it in two days.”
Official sources informed Kashmir Reader that there were 14 snow clearing machines available with the district administration out of which 12 were busy in tourist resort Gulmarg and only two were working in other parts of the district including highway and main towns. The R&B, municipalities and beacon are also using bulldozers to clear the roads.