Highway likely to be opened for traffic from both sides
SRINAGAR: After three days of intermittent rain and snowfall in Kashmir Valley, the weather is likely to improve from Thursday. Director of the Meteorological Centre Srinagar, Sonam Lotus, said that the weather had already begun to improve in most areas but there will be intermittent snowfall in far-flung areas.
“There is no bad weather forecast till December 21. The Valley will largely remain dry,” he said. “The far-flung areas may receive intermittent snowfall,” Lotus said, adding that there is no forecast of bad weather for the next two weeks.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed three days ago and continues to remain closed. Flights at Srinagar airport are still running but in curtailed number.
Kashmir received the season’s first snowfall on Monday, which ended a prolonged dry spell and lessened the chill in the air. Lotus said it was a good sign to have snowfall ahead of the Chilai Kalan (the chilliest period of winter), but civic problems caused by snow – water logging, frequent power cuts, and suspended traffic on highways and air flights – are still to see any solution in the Valley.
Lotus informed that Gulmarg received two feet of snow fall, the highest in the Valley, followed by Pahalgam.
Senior Superintendent of Police (rural traffic) Riyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that work to remove a landslide at Ramban is still going on and the team has successfully rescued 54 stranded vehicles. He said the highway will most be likely be thrown open on Thursday for traffic from both sides.
Director of Srinagar International Airport, Sharad Kumar, told Kashmir Reader that about 20 flights operated during the day, while 24 were cancelled.
“The situation will largely remain the same tomorrow (Thursday). If there is clear sky, flights will operate. Air traffic has to be suspended mostly due to low visibility,” he said.