Kashmir Limps Back To Normalcy

Kashmir Limps Back To Normalcy

13 March 2014
Rising Kashmir
Junaid Kathju

Srinagar: After heavy snowfall, Kashmir is limping back to normalcy with rail services and traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway restored. However, cross-LoC trade remained closed for third consecutive day due to landslides at Chakoti, Muzaffarabad. “The trucks carrying essential commodities, which were stranded on both sides of Jawahar Tunnel, were allowed to move towards their respective destinations today,” Inspector General of Police (Traffic), Muneer Ahmad Khan told Rising Kashmir. He said passenger vehicles will be allowed to ply from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow but vehicles must cross Nagrota pass before 8 am. A traffic official said over 1143 Jammu-bound vehicles including 523 light motor vehicles (LMVs) were cleared from Qazigund while 25 vehicles were allowed to move from Udhampur towards Srinagar. The highway was closed for vehicular traffic since Tuesday. The railway services from Baramulla to Banihal too resumed this morning after remaining suspended yesterday due to heavy snowfall. “There was more than two to three feet of snow on the railway tracks. After improvement in the weather, snow was cleared from the tracks and train service resumed between Baramulla to Banihal this morning,” Chief Controller Railway, Vikramjeet Singh said. He said due to snowfall on tracks, all the drivers were restrained to cross certain speed limit due to which trains were running 45 minutes behind schedule. However, cross LoC trade remained suspended for third consecutive day today after landslides occurred at Chakoti in Pakistan administrated Kashmir. “The trade was supposed to resume today but due to landslides in Chakoti, it was halted,” custodian of LoC trade at Salamabad, Showkat Ahmad said. He said depending on condition of the road, cross-LoC trade would resume tomorrow. Meanwhile, Incharge Director Meteorological Department, Farooq Ahmad Khan said the weather is likely to remain dry for next 24 hours. “Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 10.2 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of – 0.2 degrees Celsius,” he said. He said maximum temperature recorded in Pahalgam was 6.8 degrees Celsius while minimum temperature settled at -4.4 degrees Celsius. “The ski-resort of Gulmarg registered a low of -7.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in Kupwara was 9.6 degree Celsius while minimum temperature settled at 0.9 degree Celsius”. The official said Kokernag recorded maximum of 6.8 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was -2.8 degree Celsius. The official said Leh recorded a low of -15 degrees Celsius. “The minimum temperature in Kargil town settled at a low of -5 degrees Celsius.” Many roads and lanes in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley remained waterlogged, causing grave inconvenience to commuters.