After heavy snowfall,the Valley is witnessing sub-zero temperatures while the government has restored traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Electricity was also back in parts of the Valley after restoration of 400 MW Kishenpore-Wagoora transmission line Sunday night. The line was damaged on Friday plunging the entire Valley into darkness for three days.
Coordinator,Disaster Management,Amir Ali said: Traffic has been restored on the national highway and all stranded vehicles are out. He said due to slippery conditions on the highway one-way traffic has been allowed. Though the highway has been cleared,but road is too slippery. And drivers have been advised to take extra precautions.
Ali also said that electricity had been restored in most of the Valley late Sunday night after repair of the transmission lines.
The Kishenpore-Pampore transmission line was restored last night. Now the Valley is receiving more than 800 MW of electricity from various sources. He said the other transmission lines that got damaged due to snow are also being repaired. By Tuesday,all the lines will be restored and the Valley will get its full supply of electricity.
Meanwhile,fresh snowfall was reported on Monday in the upper reaches of Kashmir. Ali,however,said that another western disturbance is forming over Kashmir and the possibility of slight snowfall cannot be ruled out in the coming days.
The new western disturbance cycle is very feeble and there are chances of slight snowfall.
In Gulmarg,night temperature dipped to -16 deg C and tourists,who had thronged the tourist resort,faced problems due to shortage of electricity and potable water.
After heavy to moderate snowfall in Kashmir Saturday,the mercury has now touched below -5 deg C in Srinagar. The freezing temperature left portions of Dal Lake and water taps frozen.
The closure of the arterial roads has also led to concerns about availability of essentials in the Valley.
Residents in some areas of Srinagar have reported that prices of essential commodities like vegetables had increased in view of the shortage of supply. With PTI