Fresh avalanche warning issued, police issue advisory

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Srinagar, Jan 19: A fresh avalanche warning has been issued on Saturday evening in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region following forecast for heavy snowfall during the next about a week.
Meanwhile, police has also issued traffic advisory in Srinagar to avoid any accident.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today issued fresh avalanche warning in nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir and Ladakh, an official spokesman said.
He said the warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas in district Anantnag,
Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal in the valley and Kargil and Leh in Ladakh region.
Mr Khan has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
He also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, in view of predictions of heavy snow fall from today till January 25, driving on roads covered with ice and snow can be very challenging. The key to safe driving is to adopt to arrive at your destinations safely.
Avoid Un-necessary travel, drive at an appropriate speed, minimize the use of two wheelers, follow lane driving, use brake judiciously not abruptly, avoid overtaking, keep distance while driving, use dipped headlights to be visible to others, be cautious while on roads and deflate tyres to keep low pressure for maintain a good grip on slippery roads.
He said that due to security reasons the road stretch from Radio Kashmir Chowk upto Ram Munshi Bagh  and Gupkar Crossing has been restricted for general vehicular movement till January 25 and there shall be a separate traffic regulation system for January 26,when main functioning of the Republic Day (RD) will be held at S K Cricket Stadium at high security Sonawar.
Motorists coming from Pantha Chowk and adjacent areas to City Centre shall adopt Sonwar, Ram Munshi Bagh- Dalgate- Moulana Azad Road and vice versa.
Motorists coming from Rajabgh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side shall adopt Radio Kashmir Chowk- J&K Bank Corporate Office Crossing- Dalgate- R.M. Bagh à Sonwar upto their destinations.
Motorists coming from South Kashmir/ Pantha Chowk area intending to travel Barzulla/Hyderpora/Rambagh areas are requested to prefer NHW and enter via Natipora/Sanat Nagar.
Any inconvenience caused is highly regretted, he said.

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