Cold wave disrupts normal life, traffic in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Normal life, rail-road and air operations were paralysed as intense cold engulfed Rajasthan, with Mount Abu being recorded as the coldest place with a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, a Met official said on Sunday.
Sikar on plains was the coldest place with 2.0 degree C, while people in Pink City experienced spine chill weather as mercury dipped to 2.7 degree C.
Sawaimadhopur recorded a minimum of 2.3 degree C followed by Dholpur 2.7, Bikaner 3.2, Jaislamer 4.4, Barmer 5.8, Udaipur 6.0, Ajmer, Srigangangar and Chittorgarh 6.5 each, Kota, Churu and Jodhpur 7 each.
Icy crest was observed on the upper layer of Nakki lake in Mount Abu while Guru Shikar shivered at sub-zero level.
Only three flights, two Indigo, one Kingfisher could take-off before 7 am from Sanganer airport, while remaining others were rescheduled after midday, Airport Authority director Anuj Agarwal told reporters.
Many trains were delayed at Jaipur railway station, and buses were stranded on the highways connecting Jaipur-Delhi, Jaipur-Agra, Jaipur-Kota, Jaipur-Ajmer and Udaipur.
There would be no respite in the state from the cold wave in next 24 hours, a Met forecast stated.
Due to intense cold, power consumption in the state has suddenly risen and in last one day 6 lakh units of electricity extra was consumed by customers for electrical appliances, a power corporation spokesman said.
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