Snowfall To Stand Kashmiris In Good Stead

Snowfall To Stand Kashmiris In Good Stead

20 January 2012
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Ahmad Shah

Srinagar: The recent snowfall and chilling cold, according to experts, can give a major fillip to power sector and agricultural industry in Kashmir this year. “While the snowfall in winters is a common phenomenon in Kashmir, but snowfall in Chilai Kalan has more relevance and ‘lot of economics’ are involved in it. It is very pleasing to see heavy snowfall in Chilai Kalan. It means that snow is bound to freeze and accordingly less snow will melt during the winters,” said noted economist, Prof Nisar Ali. He said it was very pleasing to witness heavy snowfall in the freezing days of winter. “This is a very effective snowfall in terms of power generation. The snowfall and the subsequent freezing will help increase the water level in summers leading to more power generation in the State,” he said. Nisar said due to low power generation last year, the government had to pay Rs 2200 crores to buy the required electricity from Northern Grid. “I will not say that this snowfall will meet the full requirement but it will definitely help in increasing the power generation. We will be able to save some money on power expenditure,” he said. He expressed the hope that there will be less load shedding during spring and summer months this year. Director Research, SKUAST Dr Shafiq Wani said snow and the chilling temperature will ensure a bumper season for agricultural industry, the economic backbone of the State. “For the temperate trees like apple, chilling requirement is must. More the number of chilling units in the soil, better will be the crop. For every temperate food, the freezing temperature is must and by the grace of Almighty, we are heading towards a bumper agricultural season,” he said. Wani said this (snowfall) is a blessing for the agriculture sector especially for the horticulture sector. “Moisture will be available in the soil and it is very important for the crops like paddy, maize, pulses and much more,” he said. He opined that due to freezing of snow in the winters, Valley will have relatively lower temperature in the summer. “It will be a boost for the Kashmir tourism as people from other parts of India come here to cool off in summers,” added Wani.