The cold wave tightening its grip over Kashmir has led to the apprehensions that this time around Kashmir won’t receive much snowfall.
Upper reaches have witnessed some amount of snowfall but plains are yet to witness any major snowfall. Lack of precipitation is becoming a cause of worry for people. Despite Chilla-Kalan setting in fortnight ago plains haven’t received much snow or rain. The Weather department has been predicting dry days ahead.
Night temperatures are falling due to sky being clear during day time. The taps are freezing as minimum temperature in Srinagar city has been hovering around minus 5 degrees Celsius.
People in Srinagar and other adjoining areas are wondering where the old days have gone when snow used to cover the entire Valley during the winter months.
Experts believe that snow has disappeared from Srinagar due to people not maintaining the ecological balance and playing havoc with the environment. Trees and plantations have disappeared water bodies have been choked and springs have been filled. This has led to drastic climate change in the Valley. If people don’t wake up now the day is not far when people would have to visit hill stations to have a glimpse of snow.
Experts have warned that if the same trend continues Kashmir can face acute water crisis in summer months which can hit the crops and fruit yield across Kashmir.
Still all has not been lost people need to pay attention towards the environment and surroundings around them if they want to restore the pristine glory of the Valley. If snowfall doesn’t occur within a next few days there is every possibility about one more winter season remaining dry. Let’s wake up before it’s too late.