Landslides block highway, air traffic restored

Landslides block highway, air traffic restored
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Expect dry weather for coming days

SRINAGAR: The 300-kilometre-long strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for traffic for the second consecutive day on Tuesday while air traffic operated to and from Srinagar Airport after staying closed for a day because of snow and rain.
Landslides triggered by rains and snow blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway with hundreds of Srinagar-bound passengers stranded in the Jammu and Kashmir winter capital. A traffic police official said that the highway was closed because of landslides to clear which utilities are on the job to make a way through for traffic.
“The decision regarding allowing the movement of traffic on the highway will be taken only after the road is cleared by the concerned road maintenance agency and after assessing weather as well as road condition,” the official told Kashmir Reader.
Srinagar Airport, which was shut for air traffic on Monday due to snow and poor visibility, resumed operations with additional flights accommodating passengers stranded due to Monday’s cancellation. Forty-eight domestic flights operate from Srinagar Airport every day.
Director Srinagar Airport Sharad Kumar told Kashmir Reader that flights operated according to schedule on Tuesday.
A day after a brief spell of snow plunged the Valley into darkness due to electricity cuts, the Power Development Department (PDD) claimed 95 percent power supply was restored in the affected areas. Of 241 stations, electricity was restored in 225 receiving stations, PDD chief engineer Shahnaz Goni said.
“Since Monday our men and machinery were on the job to repair damaged poles and electric wires. Almost 95 percent electricity supply has been restored. We are working to restore the remaining,” she told Kashmir Reader.
Tangdar, a village near the Line of Control, is still in darkness, Goni said, as the power station in the village has not been restored yet. “Our men and machinery are also working there, and they will restore power as soon as possible,” she added.
Meanwhile, Meteorological Department director Sonam Lotus predicted dry weather across the Valley for the coming days.