‘Don’t walk or play on frozen Dal Lake’

first_imgThe authorities in Srinagar on Saturday advised people not to walk or play on the frozen surface of waterbodies, especially the Dal Lake.Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Syed Abid Rasheed Shah issued the advisory to dissuade locals from taking to such risky adventures, after videos emerged of youth playing cricket on the frozen lake. “Due to sub-zero temperature in Srinagar, parts of the Dal Lake have frozen at the banks. It is dangerous and potentially life threatening to walk or play on it. It is requested to take note and desist from any such action,” said Mr. Shah.Videos and pictures uploaded on the social media showed youngsters a number of youth and boys either walking or playing on the concrete slabs of ice on the lake. In 1980s, iconic images show then chief minister Farooq Abdullah driving his jeep on the frozen Dal lake. Record coldIn the past four days, Srinagar has witnessed a record drop in minimum temperature, of less that -7°C, the first time in the past 28 years. On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at -7.2°C in Srinagar, while the tourist hotspots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam witnessed -7°C and -8°C respetively. According to the India Metrological Department, the cold wave in Kashmir will continue as the weather will remain dry for the next 24 hours.last_img