Amid the tourist rush to ring in the new year, Uttarakhand prepares for the cold snap
The Indian Meteorological Department predicted on Tuesday that cold wave conditions are likely to prevail in Uttarakhand for the next three days.
In a weather bulletin from December 30 to January 1, the MeT department predicted: “Cold wave conditions are likely to occur in isolated parts of Uttarakhand. Moderate to heavy fog is likely to occur in some parts of the plains, especially in Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts. Ground frosts are likely to occur in isolated parts of Uttarakhand. ”
Meanwhile, there has been a flood of tourists in the mountain towns of Mussoorie and Dhanaulti after the latter reported the first snow of the season on Monday.
Lal Tibba in Mussoorie witnessed a short streak of snow on Monday accompanied by hail and intermittent rain.
Sanjay Bhasin, a tourist from Delhi, said: “We were expecting snowfall this weekend and we were lucky enough to witness a couple of inches of snow as we headed to Dhanaulti.”
Souvik Chatterjee, a tourist from Delhi, said: “We did not find snow when we arrived in Mussoorie, but we have extended our stay for a few days and we are hopeful that we can witness another streak of snow in the new year.”
Mussoorie police have planned traffic detours in view of the expected flood of tourists for the new year.
Devendra Aswal, Police Station in Charge of Mussoorie, said: “We have deployed additional police forces near Jaypee Bend to control the traffic heading towards Dhanaulti. We have prepared a detailed traffic plan and will introduce a one-way traffic system at the Gajji curve and divert traffic onto Cart Street during New Years celebrations and in case of heavy snowfall. ”
Rajat Agarwal, president of the Mussoorie merchants association, said: “The first snow has brought tourists to the city, but the administration must ensure that the snow is cleared immediately to avoid traffic congestion.”
Manish Kumar, Mussoorie subdivisional magistrate, said all departments involved have been instructed to stay alert and act immediately by implementing the traffic plan and clearing snow from the roads in the event of heavy snowfall in the future. He added that the administration is also following strict Covid-19 security protocols.