Srinagar, Mar 18: Traffic on Kupwara road to Karnah, a border town in north Kashmir, was resumed on Monday after remaining closed from over two months due to accumulation of several feet of snow.
Meanwhile, snow clearance operation was going on war footing to restore traffic to dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), which remained cut off since January 9 from their respective districts and tehsil headquarters in Kashmir due to accumulation of several feet of snow.
“We have restored two-way traffic with some restrictions on Kupwara-Karnah road on Monday after remaining closed since January due to accumulation of several feet of snow,” a Police Control Room (PCR) official told UNI over the phone from Kupwara.
Dozens of roads -- including border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil, Tanghdar and Gurez -- were closed following accumulation of several feet of snow since January 9. Snow clearance operations could be initiated as several feet of snow had frozen on these roads due to below freezing temperature.
However, he said after improvement in the weather, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of Kupwara-Karnah road, pressed into service sophisticated machines and men and restored traffic to the remote border town on Monday.
He said roads to Machil and Keran remained closed, though snow clearance operation has been initiated to restore traffic to the border towns. “Similarly, dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near LoC, also remained cut off due to snow,” he added.
He said snow clearance operations to these areas will take some time as these roads are covered under several feet of snow, which is completely frozen.
The border town of Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, besides Neeru and dozens of other villages also remained cut off from district headquarters Bandipora since January due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.
A PCR official said that over the phone from Bandipora that the snow clearance operation is going on war footing to restore traffic to the border town. (UNI)