“Traffic is not allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, as snow is frozen there and landslides have occurred at many places,” said an official from the traffic control room. He told that the highway is closed due to accumulation of snow near Jawahar Tunnel. At the same time, landslides have occurred at many places on the highway and rocks have fallen.
The official said that snow removal work is going on. All efforts are being made to remove the vehicles stuck on the 260 km long route. Officials said that Kulgam district of southern Kashmir received the maximum snowfall. There are five to six feet of snow in some places. Anantnag district also received heavy snowfall. Srinagar city has been experiencing heavy snowfall for the last three days and snow removal is in progress on the inter-district routes, main routes connecting the district headquarters to the tehsil.
Officials said that the administration ensured that mandatory services were not affected by the snowfall, but power supply was affected in many areas of the valley.
He said that due to heavy snowfall and low visibility, the operation of the aircraft could not be restored for the fourth day at the Srinagar airport. Meanwhile, the Met Office said that the weather is likely to improve after Wednesday afternoon.
“The weather is improving gradually and significant improvement is expected later this afternoon,” said an official of the meteorological office. He said that light rains and snowfall could occur in remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir in the next 24 hours, but heavy snowfall is not expected from Thursday to January 14. Officials said that the minimum temperature rose in the valley due to snowfall, but it is still below zero.
An official of the meteorological office said that Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.9 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, Qazigund minus 0.2 degrees Celsius, Kupwara district minus 0.7 degrees Celsius, Kokernag recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius. was done.
Significantly, a 40-day period of ‘Chillai Kalan’ is going on in Kashmir. During this time, the area gets bitterly cold and the cold weather remains that even the water supply lines freeze. It started on 21 December and ends on 31 January. (PTI input)