Jharsuguda : The industrial town recorded the lowest temperature with the mercury reducing to 5.6 degrees Celsius on Monday, the season lowest. Sudden fall in the temperature has sent bitter chilling experiences to the people.
According to local Metrological department, Celsius would witness more dips in the days to come. Meanwhile, the town wore a virtually deserted look after 9 pm in the evening with most people preferring to stay indoors. The poor people on the streets have been the worst hit by the cold wave. Footpath dwellers and poor were seen cluster around bonfires lit from dry woods, used tyres and even garbage to beat the cold.
“Due to severe cold, there is the low footfall of customers, so, we are also forced to close the shop by 8.30 pm in the evening itself, “said Kashi Nath Dutta, Shop Keeper
“I usually travel from Brajrajnagar to Jharsuguda by bike for work and use to come back by 9 O’Clock at night but nowadays I am forced to come back early in the evening due to this intense cold,” said Rajiv Singh, a resident of Brajrajnagar.
Even this cold temperature has hit the morning walkers. “Earlier I used to get up at around 4:00 am but due to this cold weather I am getting up after 6 O’clock.” Said Akash, resident of Badmal
With the town shivering under intense cold conditions, huge crowds have started thronging the woollens market to buy sweaters, jackets, shawls and coats.
Jharsuguda Municipality, Executive Officer, Manoj Ku. Tandi said, â€œIn view of Cold wave, we have designated Jharsuguda Town Hall for Shelter for Urban Homeless with all necessary arrangements. Subsequently, our officials have been patrolling from 7pm to 10 pm and helping the needy people. Simultaneously, we have also informed IIC of Sadar Police station and Town Police station along with Railway Protection force regarding this facility so if they came across anyone they can send them at this facility.â€