Srinagar, Jan 31: Roads to dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including border town of Karnah, reopened on Friday after remaining closed for two days due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of several feet of snow.
However, two main roads Kupwara-Machil and Kupwara-Keran in north Kashmir district of Kupwara remained closed since January 13 due to accumulation of several feet of snow. Traffic on road leading to border town Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, remained suspended for the past over a month due to slippery road conditions and accumulation of several feet of snow. ''Traffic on Kupwara-Karnah road was allowed to ply on Friday morning after improvement in weather and clearance of fresh snowfall on Wednesday,'' an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, said over the phone.
He said vehicular movement was also allowed towards some other remote and far-flung areas which are adjacent to Karnah. Meanwhile, he said snow clearing operation is going on a war-footing on Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Machil roads. “Road leading to Keran has been cleared of snow till Daad bridge. Still 12 km road to the border town is to be cleared of several feet of snow,” he added. He said restoration of traffic on Kupwara-Machil road will take more time as huge snow still remained accumulated at various places. Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC with district headquarters Bandipora, remained closed due to accumulation of snow and fresh snowfall. But, earlier this week, choppers of Indian Air Force (IAF) were used to evacuate passengers stranded at Gurez from over a month due to closure of the road.
A police official told UNI that about 5 to 6 feet of snow was accumulated at some places on the road, adding another several inches of fresh snow. ''About 80 per cent of the road has been damaged and it is highly unlikely that these areas will be reconnected to district headquarters before March,'' he added. The government has approved a tunnel at Razdan pass to make it an all weather road. (UNI)