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Sgr-Jmu highway reopens, Leh highway closed for traffic

Srinagar: After two days of disruptions, the flight operations at Srinagar international airport resumed while as the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was opened for the stranded traffic after the weather conditions improved across on Thursday.
Reports said that parts of Kashmir, including the world famous ski-resort, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and other places experienced snowfall for two consecutive days from Tuesday.
However, as the situation improved today, the flight operations resumed at Srinagar international airport.
Officials said that some of the flights got delayed in the morning hours, but later all the flights were operated following significant improvement in visibility.
42 and 37 flights were cancelled at Srinagar international airport on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Moreover, Srinagar-Jammu highway was thrown open for the stranded vehicles after two days.
The highway was closed for vehicular movement after shooting stones and mudslides occurred along the only road connecting the Valley with the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Leh highway passing through Zoji-La was closed by the authorities for civilian vehicular movement till further orders.
The highway has been closed due to continuous spell of snowfall and extreme weather conditions.
“Due to continuous spell of snowfall and extreme whether at Zoji-la axis resulting in heavy accumulation of snow on the axis, the Srinagar-Leh highway passing through the pass has become unworthy of vehicular movement,” Deputy Secretary with Divisional Commissioner Ladakh said in an order on Thursday.
“Therefore, in the interest of the general public the Srinagar- Leh highway will close for all kinds of civilian vehicular movement till further order with regard to re-opening of Zoji-la (Pass),” the order reads.
“The general public and tourists are advised to suspend any travel on Srinagar-Leh highway through Zoji-la (Pass) axis with immediate effect,” the order said.
Meanwhile, the local Meteorological department (MeT) has predicted heavy to very heavy snowfall on January 07 and 08, issuing orange alert in Kashmir. (with inputs from KNO)




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