Snow blankets Srinagar

Snow blankets Srinagar

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for traffic today

SRINAGAR: Rain and snowfall on Wednesday resulted in closure of the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu highway for the second consecutive day.
On Monday night, Srinagar was blanketed with the season’s first snowfall that sent the mercury plunging. Other areas of the Valley received snow on the second consecutive day, with people at several places complaining of power cuts. The majority of people stayed indoors due to the cold weather.
On Tuesday, Senior Superintendent of Police (rural traffic) Aijaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway will remain suspended on Wednesday. He said the traffic was suspended on Monday after landslides blocked the road at Ramban. “If there will be no further snowfall, or landslide or any untoward incident, the Ramban road will be cleared by tomorrow,” Aijaz said.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, advised passengers to not undertake a journey to Jammu till the highway is cleared for traffic.
“It has come to our notice that a large number of passengers are boarding the Baramulla-Srinagar-Banihal train, with the intention of travelling by road from Banihal to Jammu. Such passengers are getting stranded at Banihal, thereby causing inconvenience to them, as the National Highway is presently closed due to snowfall,” he said in a statement.
An official at the Srinagar meteorological center said that Gulmarg received more than two feet snowfall, the highest in Kashmir, on Tuesday. It was followed by Pahalgam (25 cm). Srinagar received more than 22 millimeters rain while snow was more than 3.5 cm, the official said.
The weather department has forecast light rain and snowfall on Wednesday at isolated places across Jammu and Kashmir, with less likeliness of snowfall in Srinagar city.
The government has already closed traffic on the Srinagar-Sonamarg road for the winter season.
A police official said that the Sonamarg road shall remain closed for vehicular traffic in view of the heavy snowfall, particularly in the avalanche-prone zone between Gagangeer to Sonamarg.
The official told Kashmir Reader that the Sonamarg police station will be shifted to Gagangeer.The tourist destination of Sonamarg, thus, will now stay closed till winter is over.