Published on : Tuesday, January 7, 2014
New Delhi witnessed the worst fog in the last five years on Monday causing major travel concern for travelers. Almost 90 flights were cancelled and many delayed as dense fog in the Indian capital encapsulated the sky offering very low visibility for air traffic. Even road ways and railway connections are delayed.
According to an official of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, since Sunday night to last morning the visibility had dropped to a mere 50 metres. At least 52 flights departing from Delhi and 31 arriving have been cancelled.
According to officials, 37 flights departing from Delhi and 188 flights arriving at the capital were delayed, and 52 inbound flights were diverted away from Delhi.
The train operations were also disrupted as fog reduced the visibility to 300 metres in Delhi last morning. According to the Northern Railway, 44 trains en-route to Delhi were running well behind schedule and five have been rescheduled.
Commuters travelling from Delhi to the nearby towns like Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon in Haryana faced a tough time.
Although, Tuesday saw a clearer day after it witnessed the season’s worst fog in 5 years on Monday. Temperature though remain low across north India.Srinagar is below freezing at minus 3 degrees celsius and Delhi at 8 degrees.