Chila-ie-Kalan takes off by enforcing ‘desert winter’

A domesticated cat warms herself near a traditional Kangri (fire pot) in Srinagar. File Photo: Bilal Bahadur

KL News Network


Nearly 48 hours after it actually set in, the Chila-ie-Kalan, the harshest 40-days of winter is indicating a severe but dry winter. There is no indication of any rainfall or snowing anywhere in coming few days.

“We are expecting dry weather till next one week,” Sonum Lotus, Kashmir’s famous weatherman was quoted saying. “The temperature would further dip in Kashmir in the upcoming days.”

After Chila-ie-Kalan set in, the night temperature has plummeted to minus 6.5 degrees, which is quite abnormal if compared to last few years. “Though it has gone down by nearly one degree if compared to last night, it can nose dive more.”

The dry winter will continue, at least, for next seven days. It essentially would mean health tensions to continue amid low voltage, massive load shedding and harshly cold nights. Morning visibility would remain poor because of the fog which means the air traffic will have tensions, a situation that existed for nearly a month now.

This winter cold would be the worst in last four years. The last freezing winters were reported in 1990 when the night temperature fell to minus 9 degrees Celsius. The worst winter, according to met department, was in 1964 when the night temperatures were recorded at minus 12 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today convened an emergency meeting to review the status of fortnightly Children Special Train in view of harsh climatic conditions prevailing in the valley.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, Chief Controller Railways Nand Lal, Director Education Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, Deputy General Manager SRTC, SSP PCR, Deputy Director Hospitality & Protocol, Deputy Director Planning and other concerned officials attended the meeting.

Deputy Commissioners of Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Budgam and Baramulla participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

During the meeting, the officers suggested that the special train service should be halted owing to the weather vagaries as it becomes difficult for the students to reach the railway station early in the morning under freezing temperature.

On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner directed the concerned that the Children Special Train Waadi Ki Sair should be halted for time being till weather improves in Kashmir.


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