Life in Kashmir remains affected due to snowfall, power failure

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Srinagar, Jan 9 (UNI) Severe cold due to snowfall and rains, coupled with acute power shortage, increase in the prices of essential commodities and non-availability of transport service in the evening affected normal life in the Kashmir valley.

The upper reaches in the Kashmir valley, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg experienced fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours. About four to five feet of snow had accumulated on the ski slopes at Gulmarg, Affarwat and Khilanmarg.

Reports of heavy snowfall were also received from Kupwara and Baramulla, resulting in the closure of about a dozen of roads to far flung and remote areas.

Srinagar city and its adjoining areas also experienced snowfall for about half an hour in the morning. A number of areas, including Budshah Nagar, Natipora, Bemina and Azadbasti, where the authorities had constructed deep drains were under water, making the movement almost impossible for the locals.

The prices of essential commodities, particularly being imported from other states, have also increased though district authorities conducted market checking at some places.

Official sources said prices of almost all essential commodities, including fresh vegetables, including onion, potato and peas, and other items being imported from northern states and Jammu, has increased.

They said a dozen eggs costs Rs 30, while there is no change in the prices of meat, which is being sold at Rs 160 per kg against the government rate of Rs 130. The prices of chicken, which was Rs 60 last week, is being sold at Rs 65 per kg.

The customers said there was no justification for such an increase of prices of essential commodities.

However, locally available fire-wood, which was Rs 120 per quintal, costs Rs 250 to Rs 300 now, they dessented adding that coal for Kashmiri kangri (fire pot) costs Rs 350 per bag against Rs 120 in December last year.

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