450 stranded passengers airlifted to Srinagar

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Jammu, Feb 9: Indian Air Force today launched 'Operation Humsafar' in the winter-hit Jammu and Kashmir, airlifting 450 stranded passengers from Jammu technical airport to Srinagar, official sources said.

In response to the state government's request after the recent unprecedented snowfall, the IAF pressed into service heavy and medium planes to airlift stranded passengers at both the capital cities.

''Air Force station Jammu has been tasked to coordinate bridging operations between Jammu and Srinagar valley to provide relief to the stranded civilian population of Jammu and Kashmir following the closure of Nh-La pass due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather,'' said defence spokesman Lt Col S D Goswami.

Similarly, arrangements have been made to airlift stranded passengers from Srinagar.

''Air Force planes will be making sorties between both the capital cities throughout the day'' the spokesman added.

Vehicular movement on 300-kms-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended after the unprecedented snowfall and rains en route.

Hundreds of goods carriers and passenger vehicles are halted at various places on the Nh-La pass,sources said.

UNI

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