Kashmir remained disconnected for the second consecutive day on Thursday as the 296-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, connecting Srinagar with rest of the country, remained closed though air connectivity was restored.
Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir have been receiving moderate-to-heavy snowfall since Wednesday forenoon. Intermittent snowfall continued during the night and the whole Valley was covered by a thick blanket of snow.
A weather department official said the Z-Gali area in Kupwara recorded heavy snowfall. “Over four feet of snow got accumulated in the area”.
He said Srinagar experienced about two inches of snowfall. “The world famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded 1.5 feet of snow, Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded about six inches of snowfall and Kupwara town recorded eight inches of snowfall”. The official said one-and-a-half feet snow was recorded at Jawahar tunnel, one feet at Banihal and Qazigund and about six inches at Patnitop on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Due to snowfall, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed on Wednesday evening.
“The highway remained closed for all kinds of vehicular traffic today. The Border Roads Organisation has pressed its men and machinery into service to make the road traffic worthy,” a traffic police official said. “However, over 700 stranded vehicles including 300 light motor vehicles were cleared,” officials said and added that they were hopeful that the highway would be made traffic worthy by the evening and that one way traffic system would be restored.
“If the weather remains fair, traffic from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed tomorrow, he said.
Train services were restored in the forenoon after snow was cleared from the tracks. The railway track from Banihal in south Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir was earlier covered under snow.
The air connectivity was restored in the afternoon. “Till 12, we cleared the tarmac of the snow and afterwards air connectivity was restored,” an official said.
The weather official has predicted improvement in weather conditions from tomorrow.