A huge stock of blankets in the markets and busy streets of Jammu and Kashmir is a common sight.
Electric blankets are just like normal blankets with an integrated thin insulated heating element underneath to generate heat internally and use adjustable thermostats to control the temperature.
The businessmen dealing in electric blankets are rejoicing with mercury dipping and the shopkeepers are luring the customers with a variety of blankets.
"The electric blankets are in huge demand as a lot of variety is available. We have achieved profits in the business. Earlier, we used to make simple electric blankets. Now, the electric blankets are water-proof, which are safe and of high quality. So, 99 percent are using electric blankets. Therefore, this year the sale will be double or triple of what we used to sell in the previous years," said a shopkeeper, Eijaz Ahmed.
The sale of the electric blankets has increased manifold due to the plummeting temperatures.
A customer, Muzaffar, said they are purchasing blankets to keep themselves warm.
"The winters have come early and the temperatures are going below minimum. The temperatures also reach to minus during nights. Therefore, we are purchasing these electric blankets," he said.
Weather department says western disturbances approaching the north might result in harsh weather conditions and low temperatures.
In higher altitudes the temperatures have dropped to sub-zero level.
Snowfall in the hilly regions had a direct impact as temperatures plummeted at many northern states such as Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
--ANI (Posted on 11-01-2014)