Remote areas remain cutoff in N Kashmir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/9/2020 12:32:32 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 8: Border towns of Keran, Karnah and dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remained cutoff for the third successive day in north Kashmir on Wednesday due accumulative of snow.
Meanwhile, traffic on roads leading to border towns of Machil and Gurez remained suspended for the fifth successive day due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of several feet of snow.
“Two main roads of Kupwara-Karnah and Kupwara-Keran were closed for any vehicular movement due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions for the third successive day,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told media over phone on Wednesday.
He said traffic on Kupwara-Machil road also remained suspended for the fifth day on Wednesday. “Snow clearance operation these roads leading to dozens of far flung and remote villages have been started on Wednesday following improvement in the weather,” he said.
“Sadna Top received about 3 feet of snowfall while Z-gali recorded 2 foot of snow since Monday,” he said.
He said traffic on these roads will be resumes only after clearing snow and getting a green signal from officials deployed at various places.
Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC with district headquarters Bandipora, also remained cutoff since Friday. The road was closed for any vehicular movement due to fresh 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. But, he said about 80 per cent of the road has been damaged and it is highly unlikely that these areas will be reconnected to district headquarter before March.
The government has approved a tunnel at Razdan pass to make it an all-weather road.
Administration has stocked enough essentials, including rice, atta, sugar, LPG cylinders, medicine at areas which remained cut off during winter with their district and tehsil headquarters in both the district.



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