Air and road connectivity between Kashmir and the rest of the country was restored on Thursday. The Valley had been cut-off from the rest of the country following heavy snowfall and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
However, the Banihal-Baramulla rail link remained suspended. Weather improved on Thursday afternoon, but meteorological department has predicted light snowfall in isolated places in Kashmir in the next 24 hours. Power supply, which had been snapped on Wednesday due to inclement weather, was also restored. "By the evening, almost 70-80 per cent of electricity was restored in south Kashmir," said an official.
"Supply to some far-flung areas in north Kashmir is yet to be restored. We are doing our best to bring back normalcy," he added. Meanwhile, all flights to and from Srinagar resumed today. On the 300-km Jammu and Srinagar highway, traffic that was held up at various sections of the highway for the past two days was allowed to move.
Inspector general police (traffic) Muneer Ahmed Khan said around 250 vehicles that were stuck near Qazigund were allowed to move. "Passengers from Jammu and Kashmir should undertake a journey only after contacting our control rooms to know the status of the highway," said Khan.
Snow-clearing machines were seen clearing major roads of Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to restore inter-district road connectivity and major roads. "The administration is working and doing its best," said divisional commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah.