• Weather to improve from today
• No flight operations at Sgr airport for 8th day
• Sgr-Jmu road closed for 2nd day, 500 passengers stranded at Banihal
• Mughal Road, Anantnag-Kishtwar road closed
• Srinagar-Banihal rail link suspended
• Lineman dies in Ganderbal
Kashmir remained cutoff from rest of the world on Friday as air and road connectivity remained suspended following fresh snowfall and rains in the Valley.
Officials at the Metrological department said they were expecting significant improvement in weather from Saturday onward till December 19.
Director Metrological department, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir that they were expecting slight improvement in weather conditions from Saturday afternoon till December 19.
“We are expecting significant improvement in weather from Saturday afternoon onward. Until then, there will be more rains and snow in isolated places in the Valley,” he said. “Both the plains and the upper reaches of Kashmir, including parts of Jammu and Ladakh received fresh snowfall on Friday.”
Lotus said weather would remain dry and cloudy till next 3 to 4 days in Kashmir.
As per the Meteorological department officials, south Kashmir received heavy snowfall from Thursday evening, Shopian 2 to 3 feet, Kulgam 2 feet, Keller 2.5 feet, Jawahar Tunnel 3 to 4 feet, Pahalgam 1 feet, Pulwama 1 feet, Peer Ki Gali 3 to 4 feet while Sonamarg 2 to 3 feet, ski resort of Gulmarg 1 feet, Banihal 1 feet, Qazigund 2 feet while Batote received 0.5 feet of snowfall on Friday.
However, Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and the plains of Kupwara received 2 to 3 centimeters of fresh snowfall Friday morning, the official said.
Meanwhile, due to poor visibility at the Srinagar International Airport, flight operations were again disrupted for the 8th consecutive day Friday.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Director Srinagar Airport, Santosh Dokay said they had suspended all flight operations on Friday following fresh snowfall in Kashmir.
“No flight operations took place for the 8th straight day and all 27 flights to and fro Srinagar were cancelled on Friday," he said.
Dokay said due to snowfall, the visibility at the airport was less than 1000 meters and weather conditions were not suitable for flight operations.
“The required visibility for the flight operations is 1000-1200 metres. But, it was not more than 300-400 metres today. So, all flights for the day were cancelled," he said.
About 193 flights have been cancelled during the past 8 days at the airport, leaving thousands of passengers stranded in Kashmir.
As per the officials at the Traffic department, the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for second consecutive day in view of fresh snowfall and rains in Jammu Kashmir.
Around 1200 to 1400 vehicles are stranded on the highway from both the sides.
“We haven’t restored the highway yet in view of snowfall. Both men and machinery are on the job to restore the road,” the official said.
“After the snow clearance, the traffic would be allowed to ply on the highway,” the official said. “Massive snowfall was witnessed between Jawahar Tunnel and Qazigund. So we decided to close the road for traffic.”
As per the officials, around 500 passengers are stranded in Banihal and Ramban areas following the suspension of road and rail links.
“We have provided them accommodation in government quarters in Banihal until the road and railway links are restored,” the official said.
He said around 1500 to 2500 vehicles are also stranded between Khanabal and Anantag areas.
However, traffic remained suspended on the Mughal road for the third consecutive day following heavy snowfall in Peer Ki Gali and adjacent areas.
Traffic on Anantnag-Kishtwar highway has remained suspended for more than 41 days following the season’s first snowfall on November 7.
Chief Area Manager, Kashmir Railways, Hari Mohan told Rising Kashmir that all trains chugging from Srinagar toward Banihal section were cancelled on Friday in view of heavy snowfall in south Kashmir.
“However, trains between Srinagar and Baramulla were plying as per the schedule,” he said.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Friday conducted a tour in the city and reviewed the snow-clearance operations in the city.
He asked the officials to clear the snow from all major areas of the city on a priority basis.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old employee working as a daily wager with the Power Development Department died in Kishan Namal Kangan area of Ganderbal district when he was carrying maintenance work of the power supply lines disrupted due to snowfall.
The employee was identified as Ghulam Qadir of Prinbugh, Ganderbal.
As per the Controller Examinations Kashmir University, all undergraduate students of Kulgam district and other districts who missed their examinations on Friday have been asked to contact their respective colleges immediately.
Officials at the Islamic University of Science and Technology said B Sc Nursing entrance test scheduled on December 15 had been postponed and till December 21.
As per the Principal Degree College Shopian all internal examinations of 3rd semester scheduled for Saturday have been postponed and the next dates would be notified later.
Officials at the Islamia College have informed that the 6th semester undergraduate students whose examinations were scheduled for Saturday had been postponed till January 2, 2020.