Heavy snowfall threw normal life out of gear in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, snapping road and air links between the state and rest of the country. Electricity supply across the Valley was also suspended due to the fresh bout of snowfall which began on Tuesday evening.
Vehicular traffic from Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been suspended due to slippery road conditions in the Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas. Flights to and from Srinagar have also been suspended for the time being due to continuous snowfall, an official of the Airport Authority of India said.
“J&K Highway has closed for the vehicular traffic today due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions in Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas,” officials at Police Control Room in Jammu said.
Police said over 200 vehicles are stranded at several places in Sidhra, Udhampur, Ramban, Kud, Ramban and Banihal belts of Jammu region. About a foot of thick snow has accumulated at Jawahar tunnel and 6 inches at Patnitop belt. The men and machines of BRO are working to clear the highway of snowfall, they said.
“We did not allow fresh movement of vehicles from both the capital cities today due to snowfall. Only stranded vehicles will be cleared,” the officials said.
Various inter—district roads including Doda—Kishtwar, Batote—Doda, Basholi, Moghal road besides interior roads of Poonch and Rajouri districts were also closed.
Fresh snowfall was witnessed in hills of Kishtwar, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Kathua, Reasi, Ramban and Bhaderwah valley, triggering extreme cold wave conditions not only in Himlayan belts but also in plains of Jammu.