Higher reaches experience snowfall, rains lash plains

Higher reaches experience snowfall, rains lash plains

Srinagar, Nov 2: The world famous tourist destinations of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other higher reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh snow since Thursday evening while plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, were lashed by rain resulting in drop in the day mercury while minimum temperature was above normal.
Due to strong winds last night followed by rain, majority areas in Srinagar electricity supply has been disrupted after transmission lines were damaged while other metered and unmetered areas are facing frequent power failure for hours without any prior information.
A Met department spokesman said here there could be snow and rain in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next two days.
Tree tops, open fields and roof tops had turned white as fresh snowfall was experienced in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, 50 km from here in north Kashmir district of Baramulla since last night. It was snowing at Affarwat, Seven springs, Khilanmarg and other higher heights.
Tourists and locals were out on slopes, covered under white blanket, since early this morning taking photographs and enjoying snowfall.
We expect now rush of tourists, particularly adventure lover and skiers, local associated with the industry said. However, they said due to wrongly projecting Kashmir during television debates, tourists stayed away in summer.
The upper heights, including the areas near the Line of Control (LoC), experienced moderate to heavy snowfall since last night.
Keran, Karnah, Gurez, Tangdhar, Z-Gali, Sadhna and Razdan passes in north Kashmir also experienced light to moderate snowfall during the past 24 hours. Dozens of far flung and remote villages were also cut off from their respective district and tehsil headquarters due to snowfall.
The sky is cloudy and we had rain early this morning, a resident said over phone from Kupwara. However, upper reaches have turned white due to snowfall.
A report from Pahalgam, which serves as base camp for annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in summer, also received light snowfall followed by rain. However, the higher reaches, including cave shrine and its periphery, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Panjterni and Pisso top, also received fresh snowfall. There was also fresh snowfall at Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional yatra route.
About six inches of snowfall was experienced in most parts of south Kashmir, including Dragdan, D K Marg, Nandi Marg and Noorabad.
Traffic on historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, was also suspended due to snowfall at Pir-ki-Gali and other areas.
Higher reaches in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal also experienced snowfall. About one feet of snow had accumulated at Sonmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway, which is closed since yesterday.
People in summer capital, Srinagar, where Civil Secretariat, seat of the government, was closed to reopen in winter capital, Jammu on November 5, woke up to a chilly morning after the witnessing above normal minimum temperature due to overcast sky.
Several roads were under water due to faulty drainage system, affecting pedestrian and traffic movement.
Electricity supply to many areas was disrupted since last night after the transmission lines were damaged due to strong winds. Efforts are being made to restore electricity supply in these areas where electric poles were uprooted or damaged due to fall of trees.
Meanwhile, people across the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, alleged that after the announcement of shifting of Durbar move to Jammu, electricity supply has been affected. Metered and un-metered areas are facing frequent power supply besides two hour daily power curtailment.

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