The 40-day harshest period of winter in Kashmir, Chillai- kalan, came to an end on Thursday but intermittent snow and low visibility has cut off the valley from rest of the country as Srinagae-Jammu Highway remained closed while no flight has been able to land here so far, officials said.
The National Highway has been closed for traffic due to accumulation of snow around Jawahar Tunnel in Qazigund area and landlsides at Anokhi fall in Ramban district, an official of the Traffic Department said.
While traffic was allowed for couple of days on the arterial road earlier, landslides and snowfall around the tunnel area has forced closure of the highway. This has resulted in shortage of essentials like cooking gas and eatables including vegetables and mutton, local residents claimed.
As a result prices of vegetables and other eatables have risen sharply over the past few days, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Sarai Bala, in Srinagarsaid.Officials of the Divisional administration maintain that some trucks, stranded along the highway, have been able to reach here over the past two days.
'The supplies have reached, we have enough stocks of essentials. There is no need to panic,' a senior official said.However, the snowfall, coupled with poor visibility has forced cancellation of nine flights scheduled for Thursday so far.
'No aircraft has arrived at Srinagar airport since this morning. Nine flights have been cancelled so far. If the weather does not improve, rest of the flights will also be cancelled,' an official of the Airport Authority of India said.