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Life thrown out of gear in Kashmir due to snowfall


Srinagar, Jan 5: Life was on Saturday thrown out of gear in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, due to heavy to very heavy snowfall disrupting power supply and road connectivity.

Almost entire Kashmir valley, including majority parts of Srinagar, plunged into darkness while public transport also remained off the snow-bound roads since Friday evening, exposing authorities who were holding meetings for the past two weeks claiming to have made all arrangements to meet the challenge.

A number of areas in Srinagar, including roads leading to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura, saw no snow clearance operation till 0800 hrs.

Similarly, snow clearance operation on district roads was also started very late, affecting traffic movement.

All link roads and bylanes remained under snow as no snow clearance operation was taken up so far due to which passenger and private vehicles parked in the interior parts could not move out.

There was hardly any public transport, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) available in the city till 1030 hrs. People, including women and elderly persons, had to cover the distance on foot. Even very less number of three-wheelers were seen plying on some roads.

Despite tall claims by authorities to have made all arrangements, including transport and power supply, all passenger transport went off roads shortly before last evening. Hundreds of people, including women and children, had to cover the distance to their respective houses on foot in the absence of transport.

Mr Mohammad Yousuf Khan, a resident of Maloora on Srinagar-Bandipora road, alleged that he had to cover the distance from his house to his office at Exchange road on foot since there was no transport available. Snow clearance operation was started on Bandipora road at 0900 hrs from Shalteang.

The authorities have now put into service snow clearance machines to put through the roads leading to hospital and other essentials service offices.

The power supply to majority areas in Srinagar remained off since yesterday evening due to snowfall. It is reported that a number of transmission lines were damaged due to snowfall.

Power failure has badly affected media, doctors and professionals in Srinagar. Reports of disruption of life elsewhere in the valley were also received due to snowfall.