Srinagar: A weather warning has been issued for isolated and scattered heavy rain and snow during the next 48 hours in the Jammu and Kashmir which could affect surface and air traffic.
Meanwhile, concerned over steep increase in airfare once the Srinagar-Jammu national highway is closed, Governor Satya Pal Malik took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his one-day visit here on Sunday while advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai held detailed discussions with managers of various Airlines operating from Srinagar about the exorbitant air fare charged from and to Srinagar.
A Met department spokesman said in a warning Tuesday afternoon said isolated heavy rain and snow could occur in the Kashmir valley during the next 48 hours. Scattered to heavy to very heavy rain or snow or thundershowers could occur in Jammu region during the next two days, he said.
He also forecast isolated to heavy rain or snow during the next 48 hours in Ladakh region, which is cut off from Kashmir valley due to accumulation of snow at Zojila since December last year.
However, weather will improve on February 9, he added.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to touch the region this evening which could affect Jammu and Kashmir till February 7.
He said due to the impact of this WD, mModerate to heavy snow and rain is expected on Tuesday afternoon, in South Kashmir, Pirpanjal Range (Doda, Batote, Badeewah, Ramban, Banihal and Baramulla) including Jawahar Tunnel and increase in intensity and distribution thereafter.
Mr Khan has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
Further, the DCs are directed to activate their Control Rooms and ensure snow clearance equipments are placed at proper places as per the snow clearance plan.
Besides, they are also requested 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.
Due to frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, prices of essentials, particularly vegetables, goes up while airfare on Srinagar route also witnessed several time increase.
Governor Mr Malik sought intervention by Prime Minister during his one-day visit here on Sunday when he said the airlines are charging Rs 24000 to Rs 28000 from Delhi to Srinagar when highway is closed due to landslides.
Advisor Mr Ganai held detailed discussions with managers of various Airlines operating from Srinagar about the exorbitant air fare charged from and to Srinagar on Monday.
An official spokesman said after discussions with the Airlines in the presence of stakeholders of tourism industry, Director tourism, Kashmir, President District Consumer Forum, Srinagar, Advisor Ganai asked all the Airlines to immediately stop selling the tickets in bulk to intermediaries who were reportedly misusing this facility and indulging in resale of tickets at exorbitant price to the intending passengers.
The Advisor also directed the Airline mangers to take up the matter with their respective sales departments to comply with this direction and cap the air ticket prices at reasonable levels.
The Advisor informed the managers of Airlines that the practice of charging exorbitant prices in the event of road closure and cancellation of flights due to inclement weather, was sheer exploitation of consumers which tantamounts to violation of relevant laws meant for protection of the consumers and warned the airlines of legal action in the matter.