Cold, haze befog Valley
10 Flights Cancelled; Zojila-Drass Road Closed
IMRAN MUZAFFAR PARRAY
Srinagar, Dec 1: Kashmir continued to reel under intense cold conditions on Thursday with air traffic being affected due to hazy conditions. Ten flights were cancelled at the Srinagar Airport due to poor visibility.
According to meteorological officials the weather remained cold and hazy with the temperature in Srinagar dipping to minimum of 0.2 Celsius, an increase of two degrees compared to yesterday.
Other towns also recorded an increase in night temperatures. The night temperature in the south Kashmir tourist resort of Pahalgam was minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, an increase of 2.9 degrees while as the skiing resort of Gulmarg froze at minus 1.0 degrees Celsius, a increase of 2.4 degrees.
The officials said Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, an increase of 3.2 degrees while as the north Kashmir's Kupwara district recorded 0.9 degrees Celsius, an increase of 3.3 degrees compared to yesterday.
Meanwhile, air traffic to Kashmir was severely affected due to hazy weather forcing cancellation of many flights. According to Srinagar Airport authorities eight commercial and two Hajj flights were cancelled due to bad weather conditions. "Only four of over a dozen flights could land at Srinagar International Airport as the rest were cancelled due to bad weather," an official said.
The official said they were facing problems in directing the flights due to the present minima. “The state government should think over the issue and the minima, presently 2200, should be reduced to 1200. The requirement of visibility has to be reviewed,” the official said.
Leh town in the Ladakh region witnessed a freezing minus 8.0 degrees Celsius last night, which was an increase of three degrees from the previous night when the minimum temperature there was minus 11.0 degrees Celsius, a Met official said.
The Zojila-Drass stretch of the Srinagar-Leh highway was today closed for winter. Officials said the stretch was closed for the winter months as per the government order last week.
Although Kashmir Valley is reeling under dry cold spell, the decision to suspend traffic on the stretch was taken as a precautionary measure as the night temperature across the region, especially in Ladakh, has fallen by over 10 degrees below the freezing point. "As a precautionary measure it is necessary to suspend traffic. We have withdrawn the staff as the road was closed this morning," a spokesman of the Traffic department said.
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Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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