Machil remains cutoff in Kashmir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/19/2019 12:13:25 AM

Roads to Keran, Karnah reopen

SRINAGAR, Nov 18: Roads to dozens of far flung and remote villages, including border towns of Keran and Karnah, reopened on Monday after remaining closed for three days due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of snow.
However, the Kupwara-Machil and Gurez-Bandipora roads in north Kashmir remained closed on Monday since November 6 due to accumulation of snowfall and slippery road conditions.
“Traffic on Kupwara-Keran road was allowed to ply on Sunday evening after improvement in weather and clearance of over a foot of snow,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, said.
He said after clearing over two feet of snow on Kupwara-Karnah road, traffic to the remote border town was allowed from Monday morning. “Vehicular movement was also allowed towards different remote and far flung areas in north Kashmir on Monday,” he added.
Traffic was suspended on the roads leading to Keran, Karnah and other far flung areas in north Kashmir on Friday following slippers road conditions and accumulation of snow. However, snow clearance operations on these roads were taken up on Sunday following improvement in the weather conditions.
Meanwhile, the officials said that the Kupwara-Machil road remained closed due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions. “Roads leading to dozens of far flung and remote villages also remained closed due to fresh snowfall since Thursday night,” he said.
Snow clearance operation has been initiated and traffic will be restored to these areas only after clearing the accumulated snow.
Border areas of Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas also remained cutoff from district headquarter Bandipora due to accumulation of several feet of snow on the road. “The road has been closed on November 6 due to several feet of snow and slippery conditions. There was more than five feet of snow at Razdan Pass,” official said.
The authorities have already pressed into service snow clearance machines and cutters to clear the snow and put through the road, which used to shut for six winter months in the past. The government has approved a tunnel at Razdan Pass to make it an all-weather road.



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