Srinagar: The world famous Dal Lake was partially frozen, particularly near the banks on Monday, as the night temperature dipped and settled 4 degree below freezing point in the summer capital, Srinagar.
Water taps and other water bodies, including nallahs and drains, were partially frozen in the city.
Meanwhile, in view of a dip in the minimum temperature, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Syed Abid Rasheed Shah has advised people to let the taps ooze during night hours in order to avoid freezing.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that skies will be generally cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 4 degree and minus 1 degree. Against minus 1.2 degree recorded on Sunday, the night temperature dipped and settled at minus 4 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal.
Dal Lake, particularly near the banks, was frozen as people woke up this morning even as Shikarawalas were facing difficulty to move through the frozen parts of the waterbody.
People near banks could be seen throwing stones and paper on the frozen parts of the lake. The water remained frozen during most part of the day following overcast conditions, coupled with ice cold winds though sun gave a brief appearance in the afternoon. Snow one rooftops also remained frozen.
“As per weather forecast it’ll be very cold tonight with temps around -6 degrees which may FREEZE the pipe network systems, esp smaller dia individual consumers connection pipes. Advisable to let the taps ooze during night hours in order to avoid freezing @diprjk,” Dr Abid wrote on micro-blogging site twitter on Sunday night.
The famous Dal Lake has frozen many times during the last about a month with the mercury dipping to as low as minus 7.6 degree on December 27, which was the coldest December night in 28 years. Following this, the authorities had to issue advisory directing people not to walk or play on the frozen water of the lake.
Dal Lake was completely frozen in 1965 when a Jeep crossed the frozen surface from one end to another end. It was again frozen in 1986, when people played ice hockey and cricket besides taking photographs on the frozen surface.
People in some areas, particularly in the outskirts and Lake area, complained of water shortage as the tapes had frozen. Locals were seen trying to defreeze frozen taps by burning wood in the morning.
Meanwhile, doctors have warned elderly persons and children, not to venture out of their homes in the morning and evening when temperature dips to below freezing point.
Doctors have also advised people having heart, chest and bone problems to avoid going out when the mercury is below freezing point.