|Early Times Report|
SRINAGAR, Mar 3: Snow clearance operation was going on war-footing to restore traffic to the border town of Machil and adjoining villages, which remained cutoff for the fifth successive day due to accumulation of snow, in north Kashmir district of Kupwara. Bandipora-Gurez road also remained closed due to accumulation of several feet of snow, following which dozens of remote villages and far flung areas remained cut off from tehsil and district headquarter in Bandipora since January 1.
However, traffic was plying normally on two main roads -- Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Karnah - following clearance of snow earlier this week.
"Traffic remained suspended to several far-flung and remote villages, including Machil, due to accumulation of several feet of snow," an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told .
He said snow clearance operation was going on war footing to restores traffic to these areas. "Vehicular traffic will be allowed only after clearance of the road and getting a green signal from officials deployed on the ground," he said.
He said one-way traffic was plying on Kupwara-Keran road though the vehicles are currently plying only till Munden, which is few kms from the main town. "The snow clearance operation to restore traffic till Keran town was also going on war footing," he added.
People in Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, continued to suffer as the border town remained cutoff from rest of Kashmir valley since January 1. "Razdan pass, connecting Gurez, Neeru and dozens of other areas near LoC with district headquarters Bandipora, which is already covered over several feet of snow, received fresh snowfall last week," an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Bandipora, told UNI.
He said the road is expected to reopen in April as Radzan pass is under several feet of snow and the area is avalanche prone.