Srinagar witnesses season’s first snowfall

Srinagar witnesses season’s first snowfall

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed, air traffic disrupted due to bad weather

Itifaq Lone

Srinagar: After the upper reaches of the Valley, Kashmir’s capital city on Saturday received season’s first major snowfall causing a sharp dip in the temperature.

Higher reaches, including Zojila, Shopian, Pir Ki Gali, Dhobijan, Uri, Gulmarg, Keran in Kupwara received heavy snowfall while moderate snowfall covered this capital city in a thick cover of blanket, reports said.

Normal life in many parts of the Valley was affected due to the snowfall coupled with heavy rains. Srinagar airport was closed for air-traffic as all flights to and fro from the Sheikh-ul-Alam international airport were cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

“Landing and take-off of flights are temporarily suspended for the day due to the dab weather and low visibility,” an airport official said.

“Landing/take-off of flights temporarily suspended at the Srinagar airport due to bad snowfall and bad weather following the downpour in Kashmir valley,” the Information department tweeted.

However the Srinagar-Jammu highway was reopened hours after the beacon authorities cleared a huge landslide at the Ramsoo area.

“Earlier due to the landslides in Digdol and Ramsoo areas amid snowfall and rains, the traffic was stopped for hours,” Liyaqat Hussain, an official at the Ramban Control room told Kashmir Reader.

He said that vehicle moment was slow due to the bad weather, and they are allowing the vehicles of Darbar Move to ply first while other vehicles will be allowed for November 04 as well.

Meanwhile, Meteorological (MeT) department had predicted snowfall and rainfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir for next 24 hours.

“The weather is in no mood to relent, snowing will be witnessed in several higher and lower parts as well,” Sonum Lotus said.

He said that most likely the dry weather is predicted for two of three weeks from November 05.

Since the Summer capital witnessed its first snow fall of the season, the traffic moment came to gridlock in most of the city parts including Sonwar, Dalgat, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Khanyar, Qamarwari. The huge traffic jams could be seen in other parts of old city.

However the commuters complained that there was no traffic police cop deployed in several areas including Lal Ded, Rajbagh, Hyderpora areas.

Despite several attempts SSP Traffic could not be reached for his comments.

Valley parts also witnessed immediate and frequent power cuts due to bad weather. Areas including Rajbagh, Sonwar, Dalgate, Batamaloo and other city parts were cut off from the electricity, locals said.

Chief Engineer PDD, Hashmat Qazi told Kashnmir Reader that the power breakdown was caused by snow and heavy rains damaging electricity wires at many places.

“This happens in the winter season and we are doing our best to keep the homes lit,” he said.