Srinagar: Majority parts of the famed Dal Lake and other water bodies were frozen on Monday after the summer capital, Srinagar, recorded coldest night of the season at minus 6.8 degree minimum temperature, also affecting water supply.
A Met department spokesman said this morning that the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours which could result in more drop in the minimum temperature. However, the maximum temperature would be above normal though icy cold winds will also continue.
He said due to clear sky during the night the night temperature witnessed major drop and settled at minus 6.8 degree, about five notches below normal. It was coldest of the winter season so far, he said adding earlier coldest was minus 5.6 degree witnessed on December 16.
Majority parts of the world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar were frozen and shikarawalas were struggling to move forward. In the interior parts of the Lake the frozen surface has further got strengthen and people could be seen throwing stones and walking over it near banks.
Lake water has also frozen near banks, clearly visible from Boulvard road. Shikarawalas were seen breaking the frozen water to move ahead in the lake.
It is said that Lake was completely frozen in 1965 when a jeep had crossed from one end to another over the frozen surface. Later in 1986 it was again frozen when people were walking over it and taking photographs besides playing ice hockey and cricket on frozen surface when the mercury dropped to minus 8 degree. It had become very popular and besides locals tourists from other parts of the country visited the lake. It was again frozen several times in 90s when authorities banned moving over the frozen surface to avoid any accident.
The other water bodies, including Chuntkul and other nallahas were frozen. However, as the day progress sun was out though icy cold winds also continued.
Due to chilly conditions people remained indoor only to resume normal activities only after 1000 hrs. Majority shops and business establishments also reopen only after 1000 hrs. However, “Harissa” shops are doing good business as people prefer to eat Harissa ( made from meat) which remain available during winter in Kashmir.