Srinagar: Barring border areas of Machil and Gurez, all passes and tops, connecting remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), reopened on Friday for traffic in north Kashmir after remaining closed for two days due to moderate to heavy snowfall.

Phirkiyan and Sadhna pass, besides Z-Gali which connect many far-flung and remote villages, including those near the LoC to district headquarters Kupwara, reopened for traffic movement after remaining closed due to accumulation of heavy snow and avalanche threat for two days.

"Traffic was allowed on Kupwara-Keran road after receiving green signal from the traffic police and other officials concerned on Friday morning," a police control room (PCR) official told UNI over phone from Kupwara.

Traffic was also plying normally on Kupwara-Tanghdar and Kupwara-Karnah roads, he said.

However, he said Machil sector remained cut off from the rest of the valley as heavy snow remained accumulated at Nunwan Gully, which connects the border area with Kupwara town.

The border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, besides Neeru and dozens of other villages also remained cut off from district headquarters Bandipora due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions since Wednesday.

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