Srinagar, Nov 28 : Srinagar, the summer capital of Union Territory (UT) Jammu and Kashmir, had turned white on Thursday morning following fresh snowfall during the night after rain on Wednesday.
The mercury witnessed considerable drop and settled at minus 0.5 in Srinagar, where majority roads were under water disrupting pedestrian and vehicular movement. Roof tops, open fields, electric poles and trees besides vehicle tops had turned white as people woke up this morning in Srinagar due to fresh light snowfall. This has resulted in considerable drop in the temperature. The minimum temperature witness fall and settled at minus 0.5 degree in Srinagar. However, as the day progressed, snow started melting.
Majority roads and many low-lying areas were under water disrupting normal life. The authorities had installed de-watering pumps at several places to drain out rain water from these areas. Most of the places in Srinagar, including in uptown, were plunged into darkness after Power Development Department (PDD) snapped electricity due to some fault in the transmission lines.
A Met department spokesman said weather will improve in the city from this afternoon though sky would remain cloudy during the most part of the day.
Meanwhile, people alleged that prices of essentials, particularly coal, Kangri (firepot) woolen and warm cloths besides shoes has witnessed considerable increase. Prices of vegetables have recorded increase, particularly when the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, remain closed due to snow and landslides. (UNI)