Fog engulfs Kashmir, Srinagar witness’s cold foggy dawn and dusk

‘The dense fog is not only affecting the vehicular movement but the air traffic continues to remain suspended too because of poor visibility’
Gowhar Nazir
Srinagar, Dec 12: As the cold wave continues to grip Kashmir with a minimum temperature of minus 3, now the dense fog has started to affect the normal life in Kashmir by leaving most of public transport services suspended which includes the air traffic as well at the Sheri Kashmir Int’l Airport, Srinagar from the last five days.
As the valley is witnessing such a severe fog for the first time in the past decade leaving most of the commuters troubled to reach out their destinations. Whereas all the major airliners suspended their operations to and fro Srinagar due to the poor visibility.
As per the experts of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), data reveals the probability of such severe fog was evident after the 2014 floods in Kashmir, as the sedimentary matter which is found in the water vapour is worsening the situation in valley.
The commuters continue to face great inconveniences while reaching out to their destinations particularly during the morning and evening times due to the non-availability of limited public transport on roads.
The Kashmir region which continues to witness the tough times due to the prevailing uncertainty in the backdrop of revocation of semi-autonomous status (Article 370) and the bifurcation of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh) and now the unprecedented climate change has added woes to the people of Kashmir by leaving most of the business operations confined to several hours.
The business community has already witnessed an economic clampdown due to the closure of markets and suspension of all modes of public transport services in the past and now continues to face the same fate.
The situation in Kashmir which noticed slight improvements during the past few days where the business hours were expanded from the three hours to six now.
Abdul Hameed Kenu, a resident of Srinagar said, “I have never ever seen a weather like this in my life in Kashmir as the dense fog has created fear among the people of valley.
He said that the severe fog is the reason why most of the people avoid using their vehicles as driving them in such conditions could prove fatal. He further added, “The occurrence of fog during morning and evening is normal in this season but during the daytime the same is unexpected.”
Sameer Ahmad Wani, a driver by profession said that, “The fog has engulfed the entire Kashmir leaving most of the people affected by this unprecedented weather which is making our job hard”
He said that driving in such situation is risky due to the poor visibility and the risk of accidents remains high. He further said, “As most people avoid travelling during the morning and evening hours due to the dense fog which is the reason why most of the public transport prefers to stay off the roads during that time.”

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