Low visibility hits flight operations for 5th straight day

Srinagar experiences coldest night; MeT forecasts snow, rains today

Srinagar: Flight operations at Srinagar Airport remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day as dense fog triggered cancellation of all flights on Tuesday.
All 26 flights to and from Srinagar airport were cancelled on Tuesday due to low visibility caused by fog, an official of Airport Authority of India said.
“The visibility at the airport has been hovering around 100 to 500 metres only while as the required visibility is 1000 to 1200 metres. So, all flights for the day were cancelled,” the official said.
The flight operations are suspended at the airport from last week causing huge distress to flyers. Hundreds of people who were coming to Srinagar or moving out are stranded due to the disruption.
A student Mudasir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he along with his friends is stuck in Delhi as his flight to Srinagar was cancelled.
This has equally affected patients who had their appointment with doctors based outside.
Director Metrological Department, Sonam, meanwhile, said that they expect an improvement in the visibility across Kashmir from today.
He predicted widespread to moderate snowfall and rains in Jammu and Kashmir from today.
According to an official at Metrological Department, Srinagar experienced coldest night recording minus 2.4 degree Celsius.
He said Qazigund recorded a low of minus 2.5 Celsius last night while as night temperature in Kupwara was recorded minus 3.2, and minus 3.3 in Pahalgam.
The minimum temperature recorded in Gulmarg was minus 4 Celsius.
Traffic Police on Wednesday said one-way traffic would be allowed to proceed on Srinagar-Jammu highway today. Only vehicles from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed to ply on highway, he said.

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