Srinagar-Jammu national highway closed, air-traffic shut
Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed Friday as a precautionary measure as the road was rendered slippery due to fresh snowfall, a Traffic Department official said.
Moderate to heavy snowfall began across Kashmir this afternoon, bringing relief to the residents from dry weather.
“It has been snowing across Kashmir since afternoon. The men and machinery have been geared up for timely clearance of roads and ensuring minimal disruption in essential services,” an official of the divisional administration said.
Vehicular movement has been stopped on the highway and a decision on resuming the traffic will be taken only after improvement in the weather conditions, the Traffic Department official said.
Although there was a brief spell of snowfall Wednesday, the fresh downpour has effectively ended the dry weather conditions in the valley which had led to an increase in common ailments like flu, cough and breathing problems, especially among children and elderly.
The snowfall has brought cheers on the faces of people associated with tourism trade who feel more tourists will now visit Kashmir this winter.
“A good number of tourists had already arrived in Kashmir for New Year eve but we are hopeful that the footfall will now increase in view of the snowfall,” Shoiab Ahmad, a tour operator, said.
He said good snowfall will also ensure more winter sports lovers will head to Kashmir as “we have the best skiing slopes in the country at Gulmarg”.
Besides, the air traffic was also suspended by the authorities in this afternoon due to poor visibility. “All the flights scheduled to take off or arrive have been suspended due to the poor visibility,” officials said, adding that the flights will operate normally on Saturday in case the visibility improves. (PTI)