Bandipora-Gurez road in north Kashmir still closed due to snow

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Srinagar, Apr 29 (UNI) The 70-km-long Bandipora-Gurez road in north Kashmir still remained closed due to snowfall for the past four months, official sources said.

However, the authorities have pressed into service men and machine to make the movemnet of vehicular traffic smooth as soon as possible so that essential commodites could be sent here.

It will take a couple of days more before the road will reopen again, official sources told UNI at Baramulla.

They said the road was closed due to snowfall in December last year. However, the area experienced heaviest snowfall in about 25 years in January this year.

Meanwhile, an official spokesman said adequate stock of essential commodities was available in Gurez.

He said presently 10,300 quintals of rice, 3900 quintal of wheat flour, 1360 quintal of sugar and 51800 litres of kerosene oil are in stock to cater to the requirements of people for next two months.

He said, on the instructions of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Bandipora-Gurez road would be thrown open to traffic shortly despite accumulation of heavy snow on the road during the winter.

The district administration has already provided 12000 litres of diesel for additional snow cutters to the Beacon authorities, he added.

The administration had arranged 28 air-flights to provide relief and succor to the passengers of Gurez, Bandipora and Tulail during winter months, when these areas remained cut off from the state due to snow.

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