Srinagar Diary – The New Indian Express

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Record consumption of watermelons
Kashmir is consuming a watermelon worth Rs 5 crore daily after the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. The demand for watermelons in Kashmir has increased dramatically after the start of Ramadan. Muslims prefer to eat fruits and especially watermelon after breaking the evening fast. According to officials, Srinagar’s mandi fruit receives more than 100 truckloads of watermelons from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra every day during Ramadan. Outside of Ramadan, it’s only 50 truckloads of watermelons a day in the valley before Ramadan begins. Kashmir is one of the biggest consumers of watermelon in the country.

Overnight aircraft parking at two airports
As a first step, Srinagar and Jammu airports will offer overnight parking facilities for passenger planes from April 21. The Go First will be the first to take advantage of the overnight parking facility at both airports. On April 1, the authorities announced a halving of application fees for overnight parking of helicopters in a bid to encourage charter flights. Helicopter operators would now have to pay Rs 50,000 in addition to taxes with the overnight parking permit application. The provision of overnight parking facilities to passenger planes at Srinagar Airport came after a surge in flight operations recently. A record 106 flights operated at Srinagar airport on Tuesday.

city ​​traffic police on challan spree
In Srinagar, traffic police passed no less than 70,000 challans – and counting – in the first three months of this year. Traffic police limit parking on many stretches of the city to keep traffic flowing. Police can be seen clicking pictures of vehicles parked on the roads and later vehicle owners receive online notification of fines issued to them. Complaints are rife that the city does not have enough parking spaces and in such a scenario, drivers are forced to park their vehicles on the road if they have to run errands. Traffic police are planning to install red-light violation cameras at intersections to monitor those jumping at red lights.

Fayaz Wani
Our correspondent in Jammu and Kashmir [email protected]

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