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SRINAGAR: In view of rain/snow fall in Qazigund-Jawahar Tunnel sector coupled with slippery road condition, the movement of traffic has been stopped between Qazigund and Banihal.  The decision regarding allowing the movement of traffic on the NHW or otherwise shall be taken tomorrow itself after assessing weather and road condition. Commuters are advised to contact TCUs at  Srinagar (0194 2485396, 2450022,  Ramban (9419993745) and Jammu (94191477320191 2459048) to get status of the NHW.

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GANDERBAL: On the directions of Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Dr Piyush Singla, a team of Irrigation and Flood Control division Ganderbal conducted anti-encroachment drive here today. The team was headed by Assistant Executive Engineer, Nazir Ahmad. During the drive, scores of trees were removed which were encroaching on land in and around the Baba Canal. It was said that the anti-encroachment drive will continue till all the encroachments are removed from the irrigation canals.

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JAMMU: As per information received from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), there is “Low Danger Avalanche Warning” in higher reaches of Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Kishtwar, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh Districts. “Low danger avalanche warning” signifies that the conditions may be unsafe and movement in the Nallas and Valleys of slopes, has to be avoided, as minor avalanches can get triggered on extreme slopes. In case of snowfall, in the higher reaches of these Districts, people have been advised to take precautionary measures and to avoid movement in the avalanche prone areas.

Meanwhile, on the instructions of Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir, the two Divisional Commissioners have issued the avalanche warning alerts and the concerned Deputy Commissioners have already put in place precautionary measures. Police, SDRF, Fire Services and other rescue agencies have been put in a state of yellow alert. In case of adverse weather, movement of vehicles on vulnerable areas has been restricted.