Vehicular traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway is plying from both sides even as highway authorities remain on their toes in view of the prevailing inclement weather conditions.
An official in the J&K Traffic Police told Greater Kashmir that the thoroughfare is through for a two-way traffic as per today’s route plan amid incessant rains in plains and snowfall in higher reaches.
While the road remains open as of now, authorities have advised people not to plan their travel along the highway without confirming the status of the road from Trafic Control Units at Jammu, Srinagar and Ramban.
While rains continue to lash Jammu plains, the Srinagar office of the Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued an ‘orange alert’ in Kashmir saying the prevalent rains and snowfall are expected to intensify in coming days.
In view of the impending bad weather, the MET office urged people not to venture out on avalanche and landslide prone areas, unless extremely necessary.
“Keep power/light back up( in case of power failure),” the MET office said in the handout while urging motorists to drive “very slowly and in low gear while driving on snow bound area, ” the weatherman said in an advisory.
32 J&K Govt employees found absent during surprise inspection
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Dr Piyush Singla has ordered deduction of one-day salary of 32 employees found absent in the south Kashmir district on Saturday.
As per report, the order followed surprise inspection by the DC, accompanied by ADC Anantnag Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, to various offices to check the attendance of the employees.
Besides deducting one-day salary of 32 employees, the Deputy Commissioner Dr Piyush Singla said that disciplinary action has been initiated against the absentees.
Three terrorists affiliated with LeT, TRF held in J-K’s Ganderbal
Ganderbal Police along with the teams of 24 Rashtriya Rifles and 115 Batallion of CRPF on Friday arrested three terrorists who are allegedly affiliated with proscribed outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Resistance Front (TRF), said a statement by the Indian army on Saturday.
Two pistols, three magazines, and two Chinese grenades were recovered from the accused persons, added the statement.
The three were identified as Faisal Manzoor, a resident of Braripora Shopian, Azhar Yaqoob, a resident of Zaipora, Shopian, and Nasir Ahmad Dar, a resident of Begam Kulgam, as per the statement.
“During preliminary questioning, the three revealed their affiliation with proscribed outfit LeT/TRF and indulgence in various terror-related activities in the district,” said the statement.
An FIR had been registered and further investigation is underway.
Fresh Weather Update in Jammu Kashmir for next 48 hours: Check Here
Fair weather with clear night sky on Saturday kept minimum temperatures below the freezing point in Kashmir and Ladakh as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast dry weather during the next 48 hours
“Weather is likely to remain dry in J&K and Ladakh during the next 48 hours as the minimum temperatures continue to remain low in the two UTs”, an official of IMD said.
Srinagar recorded minus 1.0 degree Celsius, Pahalgam minus 2.8 and Gulmarg minus 7.5 as the minimum temperature on Saturday.
Drass town clocked minus 14.4 degree, Leh minus 14.6 and Kargil minus 16.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city had recorded 6.9, Katra 6.0, Batote 0.9, Banihal minus 0.6 and Bhaderwah 0.6 as the minimum temperature.
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