Dense fog hit flight operations at Jammu Airport
STATE TIMES NEWS Srinagar/Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday due to landslides and snowfall, leaving over 3000 vehicles stranded. The traffic on the highway was closed due to shooting of stones from hillocks overlooking the arterial road at several places in Ramban district, traffic police officials said. Heavy rains triggered the shooting of stones in Moumpassi, Digdole and Panthiyal areas on Monday afternoon, forcing suspension of the traffic, the official said. Snowfall is also continuing on Kashmir side of the highway including Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to the valley, since Sunday. No fresh traffic was allowed from Nagrota, they said. As result of blockade of the highway, over 3000 vehicles are stranded at various places en route from Lakhanpur in Kathua district to Banihal belt of Ramban district and also on Kashmir side. Meanwhile, dense fog engulfed Jammu region this morning, hitting the flight operations to and fro Jammu airport. The city recorded a low of 5.5 degrees Celsius, a drop of almost six degrees from the previous night’s 11.3 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological Department said. An official of the Airport Authority of India said a Srinagar-bound flight was cancelled, while two other flights scheduled to operate in the morning from Delhi to Jammu and vice versa could not fly due to “poor visibility”. Snow-bound Bhadarwah in Doda district was the coldest place in the region with a low of minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Batote in Ramban district at minus 0.2 degrees Celsius, the department said. He said Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded a minimum of 5.6 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s 9.4 degrees Celsius. Normal life was thrown out of gear in Kashmir on Tuesday as overnight sub-zero temperatures led to the formation of a thick layer of ice on roads, resulting in cancellation of several flights to Srinagar. The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 2.7 degrees Celsius. The Valley has witnessed heavy snowfall and sleet over the past two days. An official of the Airports Authority of India said early morning flights had to be cancelled due to slippery conditions on the runway. “Flight operations resumed in the afternoon,” he said. The Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir was the coldest recorded place in the Valley at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, followed by the Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir at minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.
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