Bar­ring Gurez, all roads to re­mote ar­eas near LOC re­open af­ter four days

The Northlines - - FRONT PAGE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT SRI­NA­GAR, NOV 06

Bar­ring Raz­dan top, all passes and tops, con­nect­ing re­mote ar­eas, in­clud­ing those near the Line of Con­trol (LOC), were re­opened on Tues­day for traf­fic in north Kash­mir af­ter re­main­ing closed for four days due to heavy snow­fall.

Phirkiyan, Sadhna and Raz­dan passes, be­sides ZGali which con­nects many far-flung and re­mote vil­lages, in­clud­ing those near the LOC to district head­quar­ters Kup­wara, re­opened for traf­fic af­ter re­main­ing closed due to ac­cu­mu­la­tion of heavy snow and avalanche threat for four days. ' 'Traf­fic was al­lowed on Kup­wara-keran road af­ter re­ceiv­ing green sig­nal from the traf­fic po­lice and other con­cerned of­fi­cials on Tues­day morn­ing," a Po­lice Con­trol Room (PCR) of­fi­cial told re­porters over phone from Kup­wara. Traf­fic was also ply­ing nor­mally on Kup­waraTangh­dar and Kup­waraKar­nah roads, he fur­ther said. How­ever, Raz­dan top, con­nect­ing Gurez sec­tor with district head­quar­ters Bandi­pora, re­mained closed in north Kash­mir due to ac­cu­mu­la­tion of snow. Snow clear­ance op­er­a­tion was go­ing on war foot­ing on Raz­dan top.

"Though the snow clear­ance

op­er­a­tion has been started but there is a huge snow at Raz­dan pass," a PCR of­fi­cial told re­porters over phone from Bandi­pora. There is also a threat of avalanche in the area, he added.

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