Melange

Snowfall in Kashmir: Reason for Joy or worry?

We had the first glimpse and taste of snowfall a few days back. A very thin layer of snow covered our beautiful vale. Snow is what an oasis is to the people of a desert: a source of life. However, snow and snow fall brings with it problems peculiar to a state like ours- inadequate facilities and infrastructureWe had the first glimpse and taste of snowfall a few days back. A very thin layer of snow covered our beautiful vale. Snow is what an oasis is to the people of a desert: a source of life. However, snow and snow fall brings with it problems peculiar to a state like ours- inadequate facilities and infrastructure. This inadequacy takes the joy out of snow. Team KO surveys the societal landscape and asks a cross section of respondents what they feel about snow and snowfall in Kashmir.

sahil_ahmed.jpg
Kashmir is known for its snowcapped mountains. People of valley eagerly wait for the snowfall, even though we are less prepared for winters. Kashmir will loose its charm, if there is no snowfall.
—— Sahil Ahmed, Lab Technician
abbas_jundoo.jpg
Heavy Snowfall puts the life of people living in higher reaches at risk as they are prone to snow avalanches.There have been numerous deaths due to these avalanches. There should be moderate snowfall so that lives of people are not at risk.
—— Abbas Jundoo, Self Employed
azad_ahmed.jpg
Snow has its own beauty. It beautifies our gardens and landscapes. Children like to play with snow by making ‘Snowman’ and hurling snowballs at each other.
—— Azad Ahmed, Contractor
bilal_ahmed.jpg
With the advent of winter, pestering electricity crisis has become a severe problem. At the time of snowfall, there is acute shortage of electricity in Kashmir. Govt. needs to take some measures to improve the electricity infrastructure, so that common man doesn’t suffer due to heavy snowfall
—— Bilal Ahmed, Businessman
ajaz_bhat.jpg
Snow brings cheer to the people of Kashmir especially farmers, as they need snow for their agricultural fields. When snow melts in the spring, their fields are properly irrigated, thus it helps them to produce good yield.
—— AjazBhat, Engineer
waheed_ahmed.jp
Snowfall brings various problems for a common man. Due to heavy snowfall, prices of various food items get skyrocketed, besides life becomes tough and paralyzed.People are able to work only for few hours in a day, thus their problems get aggravated.
—— Waheed Ahmad, Employee,Private Hospital
Tourists come in winters only to see snow covered sceneries of Kashmir. Snow is lifeline to our business. If there is no snowfall, then our business will come to halt in winters, as tourists will not visit the valley.
—— Irshad Bhat, Businessman
minhaabid.jpg
I don’t find snow exciting nowadays, as I have enjoyed it very much in my childhood. It causes lot of problems to people due to closure of national highway, risky roads, bad electricity and more importantly cold climatic conditions. Moreover we don’t have proper heating system in place to face bitter cold conditions
——  Minha Abid, Home maker
sabreena_subhan.jpg
If people are not properly prepared for snowfall, they can suffer from various diseases like hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration. Peopl should prepare themselves properly for the snowfall, so that they don’t suffer from these diseases.
—— Sabreena Subhan, Pharmacist
amir_shabir.jpg
It is very cold in Kashmir in winters due to heavy snowfall. People suffer lot from the biting cold. Poor people suffer more than the rich, as they don’t have modern heating system in their homes. Moreover fog and mist are very common in winters; as a result both road and air traffic gets suspended
—— Amir Shabir, Businessman
gowhar_rashid.jpg
Tourist’s main attraction in Kashmir is snow and if there is no snowfall, nobody will visit Kashmir not even in summers. Snow presents the mesmerizing picture of Kashmir outside the valley
—— Gowhar Rashid, Self Employed
sumair_bashir.jpg
Govt. is unprepared to tackle various problems created due to heavy snowfall. They don’t store sufficient essential commodities before the onset of winter; as a result people suffer a lot. The problem gets further compounded as most of the country’s manufacturers and suppliers of essential items have their stores in Jammu. Moreover only one gas company has storage facility in Kashmir. The state Govt. needs to wake up from its deep slumber and put proper facilities in place for the convenience of the people.
—— Sumair Bashir, Govt. Employee
bilal_bhat.jpg
i am eagerly waiting for snowfall. I really enjoy to be in the company of snow. Earlier people enjoyed snow very much, but now it seems that they are not mesmerized by snow at all. People should really be delighted by snowfall as it beautifies our surroundings.
—— Bilal Bhat, Businessman
mushtaq_ahmed.jpg
There is shortage of essential services like cooking gas, food and electricity in Kashmir as a result of heavy snowfall. It’s very difficult to survive in these conditions. Moreover Govt. functions at Jammu in winters, when we need it most
—— Mushtaq Ahmed, Businessman
arus_wani.jpg
I don’t like snow, as it causes number of health and skin related complications like frost bites, sore throats, painful joints, dry skin and flu. During winters, I move outside valley to save myself from this harsh winter.
—— Arush wani, Student


Reader's Opinion.


No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting rules.
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the respective author only, and do not reflect the opinions/views of The Kashmir Observer.