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Valley remains cut-off from country for 2nd day

PTI  Srinagar, December 15, 2012
First Published: 14:38 IST(15/12/2012) | Last Updated: 15:57 IST(15/12/2012)

The Kashmir valley remained cut-off from rest of the country for the second consecutive day on Saturday, but improvement in weather has raised hopes of early restoration of traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

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"The national highway is still closed but work is going on to clear the road of the snow at the earliest," Aamir Ali, coordinator of Natural Disaster Management Cell, told PTI.

The 294-km arterial highway, the only all weather road link between the valley and rest of the country, was closed on Friday following heavy snowfall on either side of the Pir Panjal range in south Kashmir.

"The weather has improved and we are hopeful that the road will be restored for clearing the stranded vehicles very soon," Ali said.

Meanwhile, there was a slight improvement in the night temperature across Kashmir division with Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recording a minimum of 1.4 degree Celsius, a spokesman of the MeT office said.

Gulmarg ski resort in north Kashmir's Baramulla district was the coldest place in the Valley, recording a minimum of minus 4.7 degree Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said Leh was the coldest place in the Kashmir division where mercury dipped to minus 10 degree Celsius on Friday night while nearby Kargil district recorded a low of minus 6.2 degree Celsius.


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