Srinagar, Jan 07: After improvement in the weather conditions across Kashmir, the night temperature has plummeted across the Valley on Thursday while people across the Valley had to face tremendous hardship as most of the roads were not cleared despite the passage of two days.
According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the minimum temperature has plummeted across the Valley and the weatherman here has predicted further dip in the night temperature from Jan 09.
Deputy Director Meteorological department, Mukhtar Ahmad said that the minimum temperature has gone down as compared to previous night while there is a possibility of further dip by one to two degree Celsius from the intervening night of Thursday-Friday.
He added that the temperature would go further down after January 09. Earlier on Wednesday, he had told KNO that the plains would receive light snowfall on January 09 and higher reaches would experience moderate snowfall on the particular day, adding that the weather would remain mainly dry till January 15.
MeT spokesman while divulging the details said that the night temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K settled at minus 0.8 degree Celsius, adding that Gulmarg, a famous ski-resort recorded minus 8.5 degree Celsius temperature last night. Pahalgam recorded minus 2.5 degree Celsius, he said.
Pertinently, Valley received a three-day snow spell from January 03, which in result brought the life to stand still.
Meanwhile, the people across the Valley including in Old City areas here continued to face tremendous hardships as the situation on maximum of the roads remained unchanged.
Locals said that most of the link roads and other interiors have not been cleared in the last two days, thus adding to the miseries of people especially the patients.
Eyewitnesses said that people at many places were seen pushing the vehicles carrying patients on roads. The locals were also seen clearing the roads in their respective areas amid the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
Notably, the City Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu, who addressed media persons today admitted the non-clearance of roads, stating that the departments tasked to clear the roads could have done better for the people.
However, he stated that the corporation he is heading lacks all the basic equipments meant to clear the snow, adding that there are only 15 JCBs and loaders available to clear at least 15,000 lanes across Srinagar—(KNO)