By: Musaib Iqbal MK
Frequent traffic jams on the streets of Srinagar is a routine now as the spring season has picked up in the past few days. There is a lot of rush on the Boulevard Road especially the traffic jam is acute from Centaur Hotel to Brain area on the Boulevard Road as thousands of people have started visiting the Tulip Garden.
Due to the lack of proper parking for the vehicles coming with the visitors to visit the Tulip Garden there is a huge traffic jam on a routine basis in this entire area.
Tourist footfall has increased especially in the last week of the current month and all the health resorts have witnessed huge rush of visitors including the locals.
Reports from Gulmarg and Pahalgam have suggested that most hotels have the rooms occupied and there is more rush of visitors expected in the coming month of April.
Meanwhile GNS in its report about the weather conditions prevailing in the Kashmir valley has said on Monday as follows.
Night temperatures continued to increase in Jammu and Kashmir with mercury settling around 5°C above normal in Gulmarg and Pahalgam on Monday, officials said.
A meteorological department official told GNS that Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K recorded a low of 9.4 °C against 7.2°C on the last. The temperature was 3.3°C above normal for Srinagar during this time of the year.
Qazigund recorded a low of 5.6°C against 4.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was below normal by 1.5°C for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 9.6°C against 6.9°C the previous night. It was 4.7°C more than normal during this time of the season, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 6.2°C against 1.3°C last night. The temperature was 4.6°C above normal for the place, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 4.6°C against 3.0°C on the previous night, the official said. While minus 0.8°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 5.4°C above normal for the place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 11.0°C against 4.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 6.5°C above normal, the official told Global News Service.
Jammu recorded a low of 19.7°C against 16.9°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 3.1°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital which recorded highest temperature in March in 77 years and highest ever at 37.3°C, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 8.6°C, Batote had a minimum of 12.5°C while Bhaderwah recorded a low of 9.5°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a minimum of 2.0 °C against 0.6°C previous night while the automatic station at Kargil recorded a minimum of minus 0.0°C.
He said no significant weather was expected during next one week except cloudiness to chances of light rain/snow over “extreme higher reaches” of North Western and Northern parts of J&K during night of March 30.
With GNS inputs