Srinagar is one of the coldest places in India. The night temperatures decreased across Kashmir including Srinagar and Gulmarg recorded the highest plunge, remaining the coldest places in the valley. The meteorological department recorded a low of minus 0.9°C against minus 0.2°C on the previous night in Gulmarg. On the other hand, Srinagar’s temperature fell to -7.8 C, the lowest in eight years. However, the weather is above average by one degree Celsius for this time of the year.
In the start of January, heavy snowfall in the longest tunnel of the world, the Atal Tunnel was blocking the paths of the tourists. As reported on January 3, the Himachal Police has rescued more than 300 tourists stranded near the tunnel due to heavy snowfall. And now Kashmir’s Srinagar is receiving heavy snowfall too. Indian Railways had been conducting maintenance work to clear the snow-blanketed tracks. Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has also shared a video on Twitter, showing the falling snowflakes and the ice-covered trains.
Srinagar Gets Blanketed In ‘Nature’s White Blanket’
The largest city in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar has received thick snowfall recently. At the Srinagar Railway Station, the railway tracks and the train roofs got completely covered in snow. Indian Railways had been carrying out maintenance work on the tracks to clear the snow from them. Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has praised the efforts of the Railways on Twitter, stating, “Be it Storm or Snow, Railways Never Goes Out of Action: At a time, when the entire Kashmir valley is engulfed in nature’s white blanket, watch how Indian Railways is carrying out track maintenance operations & clearing the snow from rail tracks at Srinagar station.”
Be it Storm or Snow, Railways Never Goes Out of Action: At a time, when the entire Kashmir valley is engulfed in nature's white blanket 🗻, watch how Indian Railways is carrying out track maintenance operations & clearing the snow from rail tracks at Srinagar station. pic.twitter.com/mblQhDTO58
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) January 9, 2021
The Ministry of Railways tweeted, “Encompassed by Nature’s snow blanket, beautiful Srinagar Railway Station offers one of the most spectacular views of this winter today.” Meanwhile, Srinagar’s Tulip Snow 2021 will be a grand affair.
Encompassed by Nature's snow blanket, beautiful Srinagar Railway Station offers one of the most spectacular views of this winter today. pic.twitter.com/KVxqsRCz7y
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) January 9, 2021
Heavy Snowfall Strands Tourists In Himachal’s Atal Tunnel
Himachal Pradesh’s Atal Tunnel has started receiving fresh snowfall and a large number of tourists got stranded in the region. The state cops have already rescued more than 300 tourists who were stuck due to snowfall. On the morning of January 2, some tourists managed to cross the tunnel.
But in the evening, owing to thick snowfall and slippery roads, tourists got stranded on their way back to Manali. The authorities deployed a 48-seater bus, a 24-seater police bus, a police quick reaction team (QRT) and around 68 other vehicles for rescuing the stuck passengers. Himachal Pradesh had also started electric buses on Kullu-Keylong Route via Atal Tunnel.
Due to heavy snowfall over 500 tourists stranded on the road between South Portal of Atal Tunnel and Solang Nalla in Manali. Efforts are being made to restore vehicular traffic and rescue stranded people: Raman Garsanghi, SDM Manali. #HimachalPradesh pic.twitter.com/G0HwhZR81s
— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2021
Rescue Operation Started In The Evening of January 2
According to an NDTV report, Kullu SP Gaurav Singh has said that the DSP and the SHO of Manali took part in the rescue operation and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which develops and manages road networks in India’s border areas, also joined soon after. The rescue operation started on the evening of January 2 and continued post-midnight. The cops rescued the tourists from the tunnel’s South Portal and Dhundhi and guided them to safer places in Manali. The MeT Department had forecast snowfall in the hills of Himachal from January 3 to 5, 2021 and also on January 8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the tunnel in Himachal Pradesh on October 3, 2020. And it has become a major attraction among tourists now. Meanwhile, here are 10 snowy hill stations to visit in North India: