Roads to Machil, remote Kupwara reopen, Gurez remains cutoff

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/20/2019 1:15:14 AM

SRINAGAR, Nov 19: Roads to dozens of far flung and remote villages, including border town Machil, reopened on Tuesday after remaining closed for 13 days due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of snow.
However, Gurez-Bandipora road in north Kashmir remained closed on Tuesday since November 6 due to accumulation of snowfall and slippery road conditions.
“Traffic on Kupwara-Machil road was allowed to ply on Tuesday morning after improvement in weather and clearance of several feet of snow,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, said.
Meanwhile, Kupwara-Kernah and Kupwara-Keran roads were reopened for traffic after clearance of over a foot of snow by authorities. Traffic was suspended on 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.
Border areas of Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas 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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