Snowfall blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway, commuters stranded

Srinagar: Multiple avalanches and landslides in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have left the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed, for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday.

There has been complete disruption of transport services, leading to thousands of people stranded. Some people are reportedly trapped under snow at various locations across the region. As the 300-kilometer-long highway is closed, trucks carrying goods to the state are also stranded.

A commuter told ANI, “We face the same situation every year. The government must do something about it.”

Heavy snowfall has also led to depletion of fuel stocks following which administration directed fuel pumps on Thursday not to provide more than 3 liters petrol and 10 liters diesel per vehicle in a day.

Expressing his disappointment, a commuter was of the view that the petrol purchase limit should be increased from 3 liters to 5 liters. “Three liters of petrol is too less for traveling in the state. We are facing a lot of issues because of the restrictions. The highway should be opened soon,” the commuter said.

The snowfall has not only affected roads but air traffic also as many flights remained canceled at Srinagar Airport for the entire day yesterday.

The heavy snowfall in the state has resulted in the loss of crops such as cabbage, apple, potatoes, etc.

In Kulgam district near Jawahar tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway where an avalanche took place on Friday morning, seven bodies including bodies of five policemen have been recovered. One police personnel is still missing, while two policemen who were rescued in the morning are stable now.

The avalanche that had hit a police post trapped 10 policemen under the debris of snow.