BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A cold wave has gripped Gilgit – Baltistan [G-B] as snowfall whitens upper parts of the region.
The precipitation started on Tuesday and kept falling in the days that followed, bringing down temperature as low as 10 degrees in most of parts in the hilly region.
Gultari, Astore, Diamer, Ghizer and valleys of Baltistan region were among the valleys which received first snowfall of the winters. As a result, traffic on roads leading to these high altitude valleys got suspended, adding to miseries of the inhabitants.
“The miseries of the inhabitants have multiplied due to heavy snowfall this week,” Masroor Khan, a resident of Astore told Outpost on Wednesday. “The intensity of cold has increased manifold especially in valleys like Gultri and Rattu which have been cut off due to this,” he said, adding the situation isn’t unusual for the people.
In Gilgit town, the overcast conditions coupled with snowfall on peaks crippled life, forcing people to stay indoors. According to met department, temperature in Gilgit was recorded as minus six [- 6] degrees and – 8 degrees in Skardu town.
About 20 hours long power outages have added fuel to fire, hitting hard routine life in Gilgit city, the headquarters of Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The outages have triggered protest in parts of the region as people took to streets to register their protests. The protest led to suspension of traffic between Gilgit and Ghizer for hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The outages have affected businesses and slowed down work at government and private offices.
The illegal connections and power supply to influential and VIPs through special lines is dubbed as one of the main reasons of energy crisis in the town, where millions of rupees had been embezzled in the name of repair and maintenance of the existing power transmission system in the past.