Nagpur coldest in State, cold wave to mark year end

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Dec 2018 11:48:16


Staff Reporter,


Nagpur colder than famous hill-stations like Shimla, Gangtok, Dehradun

Vidarbha likely to experience ‘severe cold wave’ in next 48 hours, predicts IMD

Nagpur recorded the lowest ever minimum temperature of 3.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday, and the minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius on Sunday hinted that the cold wave will mark the end of the year 2018.
With minimum temperature at bone-chilling 4 degrees Celsius, Nagpur was the coldest location in entire Maharashtra. In fact, Nagpur was colder than many famous hill-stations of the country like Mahabaleshwar (with minimium temperature at 10.2 degree Celsius), Shimla (5.2 degree Celsius), Jammu (6.5 degree Celsius), Gangtok (4.5 degree Celsius), Dehradun (4.2 degree Celsius), and Mussorie (4.4 degree Celsius).

As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the situation will remain the same for a few more days. Vidarbha and East Madhya Pradesh are very likely to experience ‘severe cold wave’ at isolated places for next 48 hours.

The present western disturbance lies over Jammu and Kashmir and neighbourhood and another western disturbance is likely to affect western Himalayan region from January 1, 2019. Under its influence, IMD stated, minimum temperatures over parts of Central India and adjoining north-west areas is likely to rise by 1-2 degree Celsius. However, the cold wave is likely to continue over the parts of plains of Central India and north-west India during next 3-4 days.

In Vidarbha, Gondia recorded the second lowest minimum temperature at 5.2 degree Celsius while Akola recorded 5.9 degree Celsius on Sunday. Other places like Amravati (8.4 degree Celsius), Buldhana (7.5 degree Celsius), Brahmapuri (6.3 degree Celsius), Chandrapur (8.2 degree Celsius), Gadchiroli (7.0 degree Celsius), Wardha (7.5 degree Celsius), Washim (7.8 degree Celsius), and Yavatmal (9.4 degree Celsius) recorded minimum temperature below 10 degrees Celsius.

As far as Nagpur is concerned, continued cold wave will bring the year 2018 to an end and also usher in the new year 2019. The past couple of nights saw scant traffic on city roads at night because of chill. Even in daytime, one could see people wearing woollens and sipping hot beverages like tea and coffee to keep themselves warm.

To avoid any untoward situation arising out of increase in winter chill, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is taking precautionary measures. Especially in the past couple of nights, NMC shifted roadside dwellers to the civic body’s night shelters with the help of City Police. NMC provided drinking water, toilet facility, blankets, and other basic amenities at night shelters to such homeless people.


City cops to brave winter chill to ensure smooth New Year revelry

Staff Reporter,

Though the city is witnessing a never-before spell of winter chill, the people are gearing up to celebrate ringing in of the New Year. City cops are on the alert to ensure smooth New Year celebrations for Nagpurians. To ensure that Nagpurians begin the year 2019 on a peaceful and happy note, City Police have tightened their ropes to crack on the revelers who may attempt any mischief.

Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police; and Ravindra Kadam, Joint Commissioner of Police, held a meeting with Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) of all five zones to discuss bandobast plan for New Year revelry. Already, the cops have started their drive against drunk and errant drivers from Friday. Dr Upadhyay has made it clear that drunk revelers caught driving will have to celebrate New Year behind the bars. Nearly 6,000 police personnel including women will be deployed at various points in the city for bandobast.

Dr Upadhyay has already asked the organisers of New Year parties to ensure that all security measures are in place and no trouble is reported. Around 617 Traffic Branch personnel will be deployed in the special drive to intensify action against drunk drivers and also against violators of traffic rules. Of 150 identified ‘Nakabandi’ points in the city, Traffic Police will undertake the drive against drunk drivers at 38 places. Additional staff from police headquarters and police stations will be deployed in ‘bandobast’ for New Year celebrations. Dr Upadhyay has appealed to the citizens to celebrate New Year peacefully and obey the law to the fullest. Raju Wagh of Jeevan Suraksha Prakalp also has appealed to the citizens to maintain social harmony during New Year revelry.

Along with the volunteers, he will be holding a programme at Variety Square on December 31 at 4 pm to create awareness among people about observing traffic rules. Prakash Gajbhiye, MLC of Nationalist Congress Party, also has organised a programme to mark the New Year’s eve at 6 pm on Monday at Futala Chowpatty. At the end of cultural events, there will be fireworks at exact stroke of midnight to mark the ushering in of the New Year 2019