Snowfall, Rains Shut Jammu-Srinagar Highway, Flight Ops Suspended
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and the Mughal Road were closed for traffic for the consecutive day on December 12 due to continuous snowfall and rains. The nearly 300-kilometre highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the country, was closed as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop, and snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel.
Flight operations at the Srinagar airport were also suspended. Flights services to and fro from the Srinagar International Airport had been hit due to poor visibility caused by heavy snowfall, airport authorities said.
"The highway is closed for the second day today. The highway was closed following heavy snowfall at Jawahar tunnel, Patnitop and Ramban area bedsides landslides triggered at Pathiyal early today," a police official said.
According to the advisory of the traffic police department, passengers planning to travel on the highway in coming days should contact traffic control room before leaving for their destinations.
The Mughal Road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in the Jammu region with south Kashmir's Shopian district, has also been closed for the second day.
"There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road resulting in closure," the official said.
The traffic was suspended on the Mughal Road on December 11 as a precautionary measure in view of the weather forecast, predicting moderate-to-heavy snowfall in the high-altitude areas under the influence of a western disturbance from December 11 to 14.
There was heavy snowfall in hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts of Jammu region. As a result of this, some inter-district and inter-state roads have been closed due to snowfall for traffic.
Jammu on December 11 recorded the lowest day temperature as the mercury nosedived by almost nine notches amid incessant rains to settle nine degrees below normal during this part of the season.
The drop in the day temperature was the result of the prevailing weather condition which resulted in rains in the plains and snowfall in high altitude areas.
With inputs from Housing News