Air traffic, Kashmir highway resumes partially

Expect more snow, rains till Jan 21: MeT

Air traffic, Kashmir highway resumes partially

SRINAGAR: Improvement in weather conditions on Thursday eased life in the Kashmir as both surface and air traffic partially resumed days after the region was cut off due to heavy snow.
Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country was thrown for open for vehicular traffic four days after remaining closed.
Inspector General of Traffic Police P Namgayal said that traffic has been allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu after a landslide at Digdole was cleared.
“In the evening trucks were allowed to travel toward Jammu. On Friday, the movement of traffic will remain from Srinagar to Jammu,” he added.
Air traffic from Srinagar airport also resumed partially after two days.
Director Srinagar Airport Santosh Dokhe told Kashmir Reader that about 12 flights operated throughout the day.
“Operations started from 1 pm. Status of flights on Friday will depend on the weather conditions,” he added.
However, rest of the flights to and from Srinagar was suspended in the morning at the airport. A huge line of travelers queued up outside the airport to know the status of their flights.
The resumption in both the modes of traffic has come after improvement in weather conditions.
Snowfall continued in the Valley throughout the Wednesday night. However, it stopped snowing in the morning leading to improvement in weather.
Director Metrological Department Sonum Lotus told Kashmir Reader that there was no snowfall for the day.
He said that weather will remain partly cloudy and there are chances of rain and snow till January 20.
“There will be an improvement in both day and night temperatures too. But chances of rainfall and snowfall are there mostly in hilly areas,” he added.
Life was thrown out of gear on Wednesday after snow continued throughout the day. People preferred to stay indoors due to cold caused by snow and rains. Business activities too were affected due to snow.
According to a MeT official, Srinagar’s day temperature was recorded at 4.4 degree Celsius while the night temperature was minus 0.8 degree. At Qazigund the recorded day temperature was 5.4 while night temperature was minus
0.6.

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