e just had one more spell of snow in Kashmir. The traditional winters are back in Kashmir which promises plenty of water for summers. Besides, the glaciers now are fully replenished.
A majority of Kashmiris are on social networking sites, posting pictures of snowfall and the scenery around.
As the winter is in full pace, people are now willing to visit their relatives, friends, acquaintances and places of worship. The thousands of working in logistics industry are now beginning to rebuild their business slowly. The travel operators are back into business. The hotels in Gulmarg are jam-packed.
But in some places, snowfall has resulted in power outages and left many villages cut off from the district headquarters. A pregnant woman was recently ferried on a cot in north Kashmir village after the ambulance failed to reach the cut off village.
The closure of roads due to snowfall had also left scores of aspirants and students, appearing in examinations, stranded. On Sunday, aspirants appearing for the banking examination in the J&K Bank demanded re-examination for the stranded and for those who failed to reach the venues in time due to slippery roads. But unfortunately nobody in listened their pleas.
Kashmir is witnessing a good number of tourists now a days, the central government must make ample use of this ‘feel good’ factor and restore high speed Internet in Jammu and Kashmir. The central government must proactively take initiatives so that a new dawn is seen on the horizon in Kashmir.
The year 2021 must be known as the year of ‘tourism’ in Kashmir. The economy has already suffered a great deal. New Delhi must act as a big brother here.