The Jawahar Tunnel-the gateway to Kashmir-experienced snowfall this morning following which traffic was suspended between Banihal and Qazigund townships, the officials said.
The passengers were stranded after the Srinagar-Leh national highway was closed due to heavy snowfall, the officials said.
Deputy Director MeT Kashmir Mukhtar Ahmad said the night temperature in Srinagar dropped to minus 8.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
Sinha directed that 4x4 rescue vehicles and ambulances be provided to snow affected districts with immediate effect for helping the people in distress.
Many parts of the valley, including the summer capital, received fresh snowfall Saturday morning.
The fresh snowfall affected the air traffic to and fro the Kashmir valley as no flight operations took place at the Srinagar airport, the officials said.
In view of the continued closure of Valley’s surface and air link with rest of the country, the houseboats and hotels have opened their properties for the stranded passengers.
Snow clearance operations began at the airport in the morning and the runway was made operational later in the afternoon, the officials said.
Flight operations will resume only after the weather improves and the runway is totally cleared of the snow, officials added.
Three-wheelers will get five litres of fuel while two-wheelers will get only three litres. The administration has also put a cap of 21 days on refill for LPG cylinders.
Operations will resume only after the weather improves, they added.
Officials said the resumption of flight operations at the airport on Monday would depend on the weather.
The snowfall started during the night at most places and early in the morning at few places, the officials said.
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