Srinagar, Jan 5: The massive snowfall completely disrupted the normal life in Kashmir for the 3rd consecutive day on Wednesday. Kashmir remained cut off from rest of the country as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar highway and Mughal road remained closed, while air traffic was suspended due to inclement weather.
Due to massive snowfall, life was hit badly. Skeletal movement of transport was observed on roads due to accumulation of snow on the roads. The slippery conditions hit vehicular movement. In Srinagar city, SMC and other concerned agencies failed to clear the snow accumulated roads.
“The Jammu-Srinagar Highway remained closed due to accumulation of snow at many places, especially around Jawahar Tunnel for the 2nd consecutive day,” an official of the traffic control department said.
Hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essentials to the valley, are stranded along the highway at various places.
Mughal Road, which connects the valley to Jammu division through Shopian-Rajouri axis, has been closed for several days due to heavy snowfall in the region.
Flight operations to and from Srinagar remained suspended for the third consecutive day on Tuesday due to poor visibility as the Valley received heavy snowfall, officials said.
South Kashmir witnessed massive snowfall of about 3 to 4 feet, thus disrupting life completely. Locals said that Southern districts have plunged into darkness and are cutoff from rest of the Valley districts.
A MeT official told KNT that every district of the Valley received snowfall. He said that there will be improvement in weather from Wednesday morning.
Due to prevailing situation, Divisional administration curtailed the supply of fuel in Valley. The administration, however, said that it has ensured that the essential services are least affected by the snowfall in Kashmir Valley.
The minimum temperature improved in most places in the valley due to the snowfall but still stayed below the freezing point, the officials said.
A couple of houses were damaged in Zoonimar Srinagar and Khag area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam.
An official said that all efforts are on to clear the roads and repair the electric and damaged water pipe lines.