Power supply restored in Valley
Though the fresh spell of snow on Wednesday, cut off the Valley from the rest of the country, the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway was opened for one-way vehicular movement on Thursday.india Updated: Jan 23, 2014 19:25 IST
Though the fresh spell of snow on Wednesday, cut off the Valley from the rest of the country, the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway was opened for one-way vehicular movement on Thursday.
Inspector general police (traffic) Muneer Ahmed Khan said, "On Thursday, we allowed only stranded vehicles to move towards Jammu. Around 250 stranded vehicles, including 30 LMVs, that were stuck near Qazigund on Wednesday were allowed to go towards Jammu."
"The passengers from Jammu and Kashmir should undertake journey before contacting our control rooms to know the status of the highway," said Khan.
The heavy snowfall forced the railway authorities to suspend the Banihal-Baramulla rail service for the second consecutive day, while air traffic has been resumed after ground visibility improved and the runway of Srinagar international airport was cleared of snow.
The night-long snowfall laid a white carpet in the Valley. Srinagar received nearly1-feet snow till Thursday after it started snowing in on Tuesday night.
The weather improved in Kashmir Valley from Thursday afternoon, but the meteorological department officials have predicted that there are chances of light snowfall at isolated places in the next 24 hours.
Snow-clearing machines were seen plying on the major roads of Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to restore inter-district road connectivity besides other major roads.
"Snowfall is a natural disaster. It takes time to make situation normal. Administration is working and we are doing our best," said divisional commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah.
However, power supply was restored after it was suspended soon after snowfall began in the Valley on Wednesday.
"In the evening, almost 70-80% of electricity was restored in south Kashmir, which was affected due to heavy snowfall on Wednesday. In Srinagar district, electricity supply was restored fully," said PDD official.
"While some far-flung areas in north Kashmir are still without power, PDD men are working to restore the supply as soon as possible," he said.
First Published: Jan 23, 2014 19:23 IST