November 2018 News

1st Snowfall Disrupts Power Supply, Road Link In Valley

4 November 2018
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Power supply and road connectivity remained interrupted across Kashmir Valley for the second consecutive day after Srinagar received its first snowfall of the season on Saturday. Srinagar, after receiving just three inches of snow, had experienced a massive power outage. The Valley, in fact, received just 80 MWs power supply after the snowfall, as against the normal 1150 MWs supplied on Saturday morning, power development department chief engineer Hashmat Qazi said. The government has formed an inquiry committee to ascertain the reasons for widespread disruption of electricity, said divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan on Sunday. Khan added that snowfall had uprooted trees, which fell on power lines at several places, causing a power outage. He assured that electricity supply was restored in almost all parts of the Valley except some areas of South Kashmir districts. The rare November snowfall has also affected vehicular movement along Jammu-Srinagar road, having forced it shut for the last two days. A traffic police spokesperson said the decision to allow vehicles along the route will be taken after the snow has been cleared by authorities. Khan said authorities will clear the snow within the next two days, following which road connectivity will be 'fully functional'. He added that Jammu and Kashmir police rescued at least 200 people, including truckers and tourists, after they were left stranded at Mughal Road in Shopian and Jammu-Srinagar highway following heavy snowfall. The minimum temperatures across Kashmir Valley also remained below freezing point with Gulmarg being the coldest at minus 5 degree Celsius, followed by Kargil (minus 4.6), Leh (minus 1.5 degrees) and Pahalgam (minus 0.5 degrees). J&K governor Satya Pal Malik took stock of the situation on Sunday. His advisor B B Vyas said Kashmir divisional administration has been asked to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience due to untimely snow.

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