Srinagar limps back to normal, J&K highway reopens
9 February 2002
The Times of India
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy Saturday after the season''s heaviest snowfall on Thursday with partial restoration of electric, telecommunication and road links, even as weather office warned of avalanches in the higher reaches.Electric and telecommunication lines, snapped in the valley''s heaviest snowfall in eight years, have been partially restored, a government spokesman said.The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link between the valley and rest of the country, reopened for one way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday after the roads were cleared of the accumulated snow and landslides, bringing respite to the over 5,000 people stranded in 850 vehicles for almost two days, official sources said.Two-way traffic on the highway was likely to resume on Sunday, the sources said.Srinagar-Delhi flights had resumed on Friday evening after clearing of the snow from the Srinagar airstrip, the sources said adding that stranded Haj pilgrims had also left for onward journey to Mecca in two flights. However, a ''high avalanche danger'' warning was sounded in Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Kupwara, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kargil, Leh and Udhampur districts.