The tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh are experiencing near to freezing temperatures with mercury dipping to almost zero degree Celsius. Though the bright sunshine at day time is warm, the bone chilling and dry nights have compelled the tribals to remain in the premises of their homes. The minimum temperature of 0.7 degree Celsius was recorded at Keylong, one of the popular tourist places located in Lahaul-Spiti district. On the other hand, Kalpa town in Kinnaur district experienced a temperature low of 1.4 degree Celsius.
On Monday, Kalpa town had the maximum temperature of 16.2 degree Celsius while Keylong town witnessed 1.3 as its maximum temperature. Shimla, one of the leading tourist places of the state is also experiencing cold nights and warmer days. With the increasing chill in the air, the historic Ridge is receiving a large number of tourists. 9.9 degrees Celsius was the minimum temperature in the hill station whereas maximum temperature was 18.3 degree Celsius.
Dalhousie in the Chamba District of Himachal witnessed a low temperature of 10.7 degree Celsius and maximum temperature was recorded to be 13.4 degree Celsius, which is 6.8 degrees below the normal temperature.
With winters around the corner, the mid and higher hill ranges of Himachal Pradesh are witnessing intense cold wave conditions. The tribal areas of the hill station are experiencing dropped cold wave conditions as the mercury dipped to some levels all across the state.
The tribal areas of the state recorded cold wave conditions with mercury dipping at 2 to 5 degrees below the freezing point. On the other hand, Kalpa and Keylong nestled in the twin tribal regions of Lahaul and Spiti Kinnaur recorded a fall of minimum temperatures at 2.9 and 4.2 degrees respectively. Manali, the popular hill station of HP was also very cold with mercury fall of 6.2 degrees while Chamba and Solan recorded temperatures at 9.7deg and 7.9deg respectively. Temperature drops of 10.5 at Shimla, 10.8 at Sundernagar, 13.6 at Nahan, 14.0 at Una were recorded since yesterday.
The maximum temperature during day time remained close to the normal with Una having the highest at 32 degrees that was followed by Sundernagar 28.3 deg, Bhuntar 28 deg, Dharamsala 26.8 deg, Nahan 26.5 deg, Solan 25.5 deg, Shimla 20.1 deg and Kalpa 17.4 deg C.
In order to make landing of bigger aircrafts easier, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, also one of the popular Indian hill stations, has urged the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to increase the length of Shimla Airport Runway. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh requested for this to the Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh in a meeting here on Wednesday. He even sough sufficient amount of budget to the Airports Authority of India in order to restore the runway’s original length in a time-bound way.
Singh told the Chief Minister that it will help in landing the normal flights in Shimla before the winter tourist season. He stated that all sort of support and infrastructural assistance would be provided in restoring the actual length of runway. Virbhadra Singh informed that the length of the Shimla airport runway has been minimized from the original 4,100 feet to 3,800 feet.
He further added by saying that AAI has come up with a plan of restoring the actual length of the runway that would effectively mitigate the problems related to load factor. The minister also urged for the expansion of Kullu Airport and told that the state government has even conducted a feasibility study from IIT-Roorkee in consultation with the Airport Authority that gave the conclusion for expanding it further. Himachal is one of the leading hill stations in India.