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Air, surface link to Valley restored

india Updated: Jan 23, 2014 20:19 IST
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The air and surface link from the Valley to other parts of the country, which was snapped due to heavy snowfall and rain, was restored on Thursday. All flights from and to Srinagar resumed.


Though the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was partially operational, no fresh movement of traffic was allowed on Thursday. Only stranded vehicles, held up at various sectors on the highway for the past two days, were allowed to move.

Jammu airport SP Ashok Sharma said, "All the flights from and to Srinagar have been made operational. The first flight to Srinagar from Jammu was delayed for a couple of hours due to snow clearance work on the Srinagar airport runway. All fights to the Valley plied, with minor delays."

Superintendent police, national highway, Haseeb Mugal said, "All the Jammu-bound vehicles that were stranded at various locations in Kashmir, including Qazigund, Lower Munda and on the Kashmir side of Jawahar Tunnel were cleared by noon. As many as 444 commercial vehicles and 45 light motor vehicles managed to cross Jawahar Tunnel, which was opened at 11.45am after snow was cleared."

Few Srinagar-bound vehicles that were stuck on the highway for the past couple of days were able to cross Jawahar Tunnel on Thursday, he said.

"At around 11am after the completion of snow clearance work at Patnitop, all vehicles bound for Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah were allowed to ply from Jammu as well," he added.

On whether vehicular traffic will be allowed on Friday, the SP said, "Weather-permitting one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed."

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Tuesday evening after snowfall and rain. More than 3-foot snow on both sides of Jawahar Tunnel and around 2-foot snow got accumulated at Patnitop.