Srinagar-Jammu highway again blocked

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/16/2019 12:12:35 AM

Fresh snowfall in upper reaches, rains lash plain areas

SRINAGAR, Nov 15: Fresh snowfall today occurred in upper reaches of Kashmir, while rains lashed the plain areas. The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu highway got blocked again last night, while the Srinagar-Ladakh and Mughal Roads too continue to remain closed due to snowfall.
The upper reaches of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Yousmarg and Sonamarg experienced a fresh snowfall today. Same was the case with other upper reaches in Valley. The famous ski-resort in Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded about six inches of fresh snowfall, a meteorological department official here said.
A Met department spokesman said a Western Disturbance (WD) is active over the region which could result in further snow and rain during the next 24 hours. “Due to this WD, which originates in Arabian sea and entered the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, the night temperature would increase but the day will become colder,” he said.
However, he said, the weather will improve from November 17 which will bring some relief to people from chill.
The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, received about six inches of fresh snowfall since last night.
The ski slopes are now under more than three feet of white powder, ready to receive skiers and other adventure lovers from across the globe, said those associated with the tourism industry which has suffered heavy loss after August 3, when government ordered tourists and other outsiders to leave the valley for security reasons. Centre later scrapped Article 370 and 35 A besides divided the state into two Union Territories on August 5.
The upper reaches in Gulmarg, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Gandola Cable Car, received about a foot of fresh snowfall.
The higher reaches in north Kashmir, including the areas near the Line of Control (LoC) also received fresh snowfall since Thursday night. Dozens of roads leading to far flung, remote and border villages were closed to snowfall. However, troops guarding the LoC remained on high alert to foil any infiltration attempt from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) despite facing all odds, including weather woes.
Word famous health resort of Pahalgam, which also serves as base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, also received several inches of fresh snowfall. Moderate to heavy snowfall was experienced at holy Amarnath cave and its periphery, Panjtarni, Mahaguns, Sheshnag, Pisso top and Chandanwari, the first halting station on traditional yatra route.
Tourist resorts of Deksum and other upper reaches in south Kashmir also received fresh snowfall. Fresh snowfall was also experienced on the historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. The road is closed since November 6 due to accumulation of several feet of snow.
Fresh snowfall was also recorded at Sonamarg and other upper reaches in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal. Due to fresh snowfall at Sonamarg, Zojila and Meenmarg, the Srinagar-Leh national highway remained closed for the second day on Friday.
A report from Drass, second coldest place in the world after Siberia, said that fresh snowfall was received since Friday morning. The upper reaches in Leh besides Nobra and Zanaskar also received fresh snowfall.
The tourist resort of Yusmarg and other heights also received fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours in Badgam district of central Kashmir. Summer capital of the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar had rain since last night resulting in cold.
Rains occurred in plain areas amid the weatherman forecasting rain and snow for next two days. Because of the snow and rain, Kashmir is under the grip of intense cold wave.
Officials said the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed for vehicular traffic due to a landslide in Ramban district that left over 3,000 vehicles stranded, officials said.
The highway, which is the only all-weather road link between Kashmir and the rest of the country, was blocked by the landslide at the Digdol area in the district last night, they said.
Over 3,000 heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and 300 light motor vehicles (LMVs) are stranded at different locations along the highway, the officials said.
The men and machinery have been deployed to clear the area, they added.



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