Srinagar: Pedestrians and commuters had to face a tough time on Sunday as rains and heavy snowfall during the previous night inundated several roads in the city, while Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for traffic for the third consecutive day.
“Due to water-logging in our area it is almost impossible to come out of the house even for buying essentials,” said Zubair Ahmad, a resident of Jawahar Nagar.
Traffic jams were reported from several areas in the city, although fewer vehicles plied on Sunday.
Tree branches that had fallen on Rambagh-Jawahar Nagar Bund due to snowfall led to traffic jam on Rambagh-Jahangir Chowk corridor in the morning. The road was cleared later in the day.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation joint commissioner Syed Abul Qasim blamed power cuts for water logging in Srinagar. He said the civic body could not operate dewatering pumps because of power cuts that have increased because of snowfall.
“We took help from fire and emergency department and used five of their dewatering pumps in submerged areas,” he said.
The power department said its employees were working to restore power supply.
Meanwhile, landslides triggered by rains and snowfall blocked Srinagar-Jammu again. The aerial traffic also witnessed delays but all flight took off, said an official at Srinagar Airport.
Hundreds of vehicles are stranded on the highway and the passengers had to face inconvenience.
The traffic department said no movement of vehicles will be allowed on the 300km road on Monday.
“Keeping in view the prediction of wet spell all traffic officers shall ensure that no vehicles are parked between Jawahar Tunnel South portal to Nowgam village and between Jawahar Tunnel North portal to Lower Munda under any circumstances. These areas being dangerous and avalanche zones should be kept free from any kind of traffic. Any deviation will attract strict against the concerned officer,” said an official handout.
The weather department has predicted more precipitation in many parts of the valley in the next 24 hours including snow in the upper reaches and rains in plains.
Srinagar received as much as 6.1 mm of precipitation on Sunday while the maximum temperature was recorded at 5.3 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was recorded at minus 0.7 degree Celsius. Pahalgam in South Kashmir recorded a maximum 2.6 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 0.2 degree Celsius.
Meanwhile, the administration has urged people, living in avalanche prone areas to stay indoors for the next two days. The avalanche warning has been issued in most areas of North Kashmir including Uri, Boniyar, Keran, Tanghdar, Kupwara, Bandipora.
The warnings have been issued for other areas of Kargil, Doda, Ganderbal and Anantnag as well. The authorities have urged people to keep clearing snow from their house rooftops carefully and avoid damage. (With inputs from Nazima Sidiq)