Dozens of roads to villages near LoC remain closed

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/11/2019 2:48:46 PM

SRINAGAR, Nov 10: Border towns of Keran, Karnah and Machil and dozens of other villages near the Line of Control (LoC) remained cut off for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday due to accumulation of several feet of snow, slippery road conditions and threat of avalanches.
The border roads could not be put through due to accumulation of three to five feet of snow and threat of avalanches, an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told a news agency over phone on Sunday.
He said due to accumulation of snow, traffic on different routes, leading to far flung and remote areas, including near LoC, remained suspended since Wednesday following heavy snowfall on Tuesday night.
The PCR official said three main roads of Kupwara-Karnah, Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Machil remained closed due to snow. “The roads are very slippery and there is also threat of avalanches, he said adding the snow clearance operation has been started,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC in Bandipora district, was closed due to heavy snowfall. The road has been closed on Wednesday morning for any vehicular movement due to several feet of snow and slippery conditions.
The authorities have already pressed into service snow clearance machines and cutters to clear the snow and put through the road, which remained closed for six winter months in the past. The government has already approved a tunnel at Razdan pass to make it an all weather road.
The district administration in both Kupwara and Bandipora districts claimed to have already made all arrangements to meet any snow challenge, officials said, adding snow cutters and other sophisticated snow clearance machines have been pressed into service to clear the accumulated snow.



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