Power restored in some parts of freezing Kashmir
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Last Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012, 12:35
  
Srinagar: Freezing cold prevailed in Kashmir Valley on Monday where Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 14.5 degree Celsius but there was some respite for people of the city and parts of north Kashmir as electricity was restored after three days.

Communication woes, however, continued for the people of the Valley with the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Kashmir's only road link with rest of the country, remaining closed for the fourth day as authorities were trying to clear Ramban-Banihal and Batote-Patnitop stretches.

Due to the closure of the highway, over 2200 vehicles are stranded at Jammu, Nagrota, Udhampur, Chenani and Ramban. Officials said electricity supply was restored in 90 per cent of the areas in summer capital and in many areas of north Kashmir following restoration of Kishenpur-Wagoora transmission line.

He said electricity in south Kashmir areas is likely to be restored later this evening. Due to unprecedented snowfall in higher reaches of Pir Panjal mountains, a fault had developed on Kishanpur-Wagoora Transmission Line at Pogal Paristan besides affecting as many as 19 grid stations.

In order to maintain essential services, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had directed disconnection of power supply to the VIP grid including at his residence. Cold wave, meanwhile, continued unabated in the Kashmir Valley.

Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 4.2 Degrees Celsius, an official of the MET department said. The city had recorded the coldest day yesterday at 0.6 degrees C.

The official said Qazigund and Kokernag recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.4 degrees C followed Pahalgam (minus 6.8 degrees C) and Kupwara (minus 5.1 degrees C). The drop in night temperature has resulted in formation of a layer of ice even on city roads while water supply pipes are frozen. Dal Lake and other water bodies in the Valley were also partially frozen due to the intense cold.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 12:35


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