Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri District Receives Season’s First Snowfall

Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri district receives season’s first snowfall causing inconvenience for commuters

Vaishnavi Navalkar

October 27, 2020

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Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district received the season’s first snowfall this year. Rajouri’s Pir Panjal Range received the season’s first snowfall on October 27. The Mughal Road was hit badly due to the weather causing inconvenience amongst the commuters. The entire Mughal road on the Pir Panjal Range was blocked as the snow clearance process was underway, causing traffic and chaos. The locals helped the authorities in snow clearance for commuters to reach their destinations.

A tractor was used to clear the snow on the sides. Earlier too, the snow on Mughal road has caused inconvenience amongst commuters. A car was also stuck towards the edge of the road and locals had to push the car on the road. Another local also sprinkled some salt on the road, which helps in melting the ice faster.

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Pir Panjal Pass is also called Peer Ki Galli, a mountain pass and a tourist destination. It is the highest point on the Mughal road at 3,490m and lies to the south-west of the Kashmir valley. Earlier in April, the entire Pir Panjal Range of mountains was visible from Srinagar city due to the reduced pollution levels amid the lockdown. The snowfall in Jammu & Kashmir usually starts from the first week of November.

The district Rajouri falls in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Rajouri district comprises of 13 tehsils and that land there is fertile and mountainous. Maize, wheat and rice are the main crops of the area and the main source of irrigation is the river Tawi that originates from the mountains of Pir Panjal.

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