Roads to far flung areas remain cutoff in N Kashmir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/28/2020 11:51:35 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 28: Dozens of far flung and remote areas, including border towns of Keran, Machil and Gurez, continued to remain cutoff even as the snow clearance operations were going on war footing to clear about 7 to 8 feet of accumulated snow at various places.
However, traffic was plying normally on road leading to border town of Kernah and adjoining areas in Kupwara.
Keran, Machil and dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the LoC, remained cutoff since January 13 in north Kashmir due to accumulation of several feet of snow. Traffic on road leading to border town Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) from three sides, remained suspended for the past about a month due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of several feet of snow.
“Despite wet weather since this morning, traffic was plying normally on Kupwara-Kernah road. The road was thrown open on January 24 following clearance of several feet of snow,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told media over phone.
He said snow clearance operation to restore traffic on Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Machil roads continued on war-footing. “Snow clearance on about 12 km of road is left to reach to border town of Keran,” he said.
However, he said due to accumulation of 7 to 8 feet of snow, which has now frozen due to sub zero night temperature, the operation will take at least over a week. “Fresh snowfall on Machil road since early this morning has been hampered due to fresh snowfall,” he added.
Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC with district headquarters Bandipora, remained closed due to accumulation of snow and fresh snowfall.
A police official told media that about 5 to 6 feet of snow was accumulated at some places on the road. “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,” he added.
The government has approved a tunnel at Razdan pass to make it an all weather road.



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