Heavy snowfall shuts Kishtwar, hits power, water supply

Heavy snowfall lashed Kishtwar and other towns of Chenab Valley from Tuesday evening, throwing life out of gear and cutting off Doda and Kishtwar districts from the rest of the state.

Heavy snowfall lashed Kishtwar and other towns of Chenab Valley from Tuesday evening, throwing life out of gear and cutting off Doda and Kishtwar districts from the rest of the state. The Kishtwar-Doda-Botate highway also remained closed for traffic.

Reports said 1-foot snow was recorded in Kishtwar town. 

Traffic on link roads of district Kishtwar remained disrupted while no traffic plied on main road Kishtwar due to accumulation of snow. 

Power supply throughout the district remained affected because of moderate to heavy snowfall.

Senior officials of district administration visited parts of Kishtwar town to take a spot review of the situation.

Senior Police Officers has asked the police personnel to assist civilians to deal with the hardships faced by them due to the cold weather.

Locals lamented that scores of vehicles remained stuck on roads in all link roads of district Kishtwar because of the administration's failure to clear the accumulated snow. 

Meanwhile, local shopkeepers said due to delay in clearance of link roads in the town area , "we are now forced to carry material on shoulders."

Reports of heavy snowfall in Kalumsutre, Puiet Naag and other higher reaches have, however, cheered up people of Kishtwar which was reeling under an unprecedented dry spell during the last seven months.

Sinthantop and Potato Farm areas received over 12-ft snow during the last 24 hours.

Locals said Municipality authorities in Kishtwar are in deep slumber as they failed to clear snow from the streets. 

The locals demanded immediate clearance of snow from the streets so that the public could move freely. 

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