January 2017 News

Kashmir In Distress,no Road Connectivity

7 January 2017
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Dozens of far flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) , remained cut off from their respective district and tehsil headquarters in the Kashmir valley following more than one to four feet of snowfall during the past 24 hours. The 86-km-long road from Bandipora to border town of Gurez, surrounded by PaK from three sides, has been closed for winter months due to more than four feet of snow at Razdan pass. Due to closure of this road, dozens of villages also remained cut off from district headquarter, Bandipora. The local opposition National Conference (NC) MLA Nazir Ahamd Gurezi said that a proposal has already been approved for construction of a tunnel to make Gurez road all weather road. Gurezi, who is also Deputy Speaker, said that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project was being prepared for the prepared. I will try to meet Prime Minister and sought his personnel intervention to speed up the work on the project, he said. Gurezi said that he has already taken the issue of operating helicopter service to the border town from Bandipora with Indian Air Force (IAF) and other concerned authorities. The matter is now with the state government, he said and expressed the hope that the service will be started soon. Meanwhile, local residents of the Gurez have appealed to district authorities and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) constructing -IKishanganga-I Hydroelectric Power Project-I that they should be allowed to use tunnel being used by the company to carry construction material from Bandipora. The main roads from district and tehsil headquarters to Machil, Keran, Karnah and Tangdhar in the frontier district of Kupwara also remained closed due to heavy to very heavy snowfall. Due to more than four feet of snowfall, the authorities have decided to allow only vehicles having special gear from Tangmarg to Gulmarg. However, the vehicles had to use chains tied with their wheels to avoid any accident. A number of inner roads to remote areas also remained closed though district administration has started snow clearance operation on some roads. Similarly in south Kashmir and central Kashmir, dozens of roads remained closed due to heavy snowfall. Surprisingly in the summer capital, Srinagar, almost all inner roads and lanes and bylanes remained snowbound, badly affecting pedestrian movement. Vehicles also remained off the roads due to snow and slippery road conditions. However, authorities has pressed into service some snow clearance machines on some important roads, being used by VIPs besides Airport road. Surprisingly few inches of snow remained frozen, making roads slippery affecting vehicular traffic movement.