Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu national highway was partially reopened today after remaining closed for six consecutive days due to unfavourable road condition besides continuous shooting stones and landslides at several places along the highway for the last six days.
Traffic officials said that fresh shooting stones and landslides in Ramban and Banihal stretches yesterday besides slippery road condition on vulnerable road stretches remained main impediments in the road clearance operations to restore the traffic movement on the highway.
Yesterday, the felling stones continued to hit highway many places in the Ramban district. Landslides again hit the highway in Gangroo, Anokhi Fall and Battery Chashma area yesterday.
The highway is the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country that was closed on January 21 following heavy snowfall in the Jawahar Tunnel area that is called the Gateway to Kashmir. In addition, multiple landslides triggered by the incessant rains hit the road stretch between Banihal and Ramban over the past week.
MET department today said, the minimum temperature in Srinagar last night settled at minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir dipped to minus 6.5 degrees while Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 12 degrees Celsius.
Leh, in the frontier Ladakh region, recorded a low of 15.5 degrees Celsius while the mercury in nearby Kargil settled at a low of minus 20.7 degrees Celsius. Kargil was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ – the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
‘Chillai-Kalan’ ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir.
The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).
Authorities have issued avalanche warning in Himachal Pradesh. Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) Manali has advised people not to venture in avalanche prone slopes for the next two days. This advisory has been issued for Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul- Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur districts for today and tomorrow.
Met Department has predicted heavy snowfall and rains in the state from Wednesday. It said, cold wave conditions will continue over the three days north and northwest parts of the country including Delhi and NCR.
Cold wave conditions continued in most parts of Punjab and Haryana, with Adampur being the coldest place in the region at 1.8 degrees Celsius yesterday.