Monday, 22 December 2014

Fog disrupts trains, flights in Delhi..........

NEW DELHI: The national capital experienced a chilly, cloudy Monday morning while dense fog affected flights and trains.

According to reports, a total of about 70 trains have been delayed due to dense fog, causing inconvenience to passengers.

While the Rajdhani trains coming from Bhubaneswar, Sealdah and Ranchi were running late by about three to four hours, service of other Delhi-bound trains are also being severely affected due to adverse weather, said a senior Northern Railway official, PTI reported.

Magadh Express is running 18 hours late while Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express is behind schedule by 18 hours. Northeast Express and Mahananda Express are running 12 hours late.

"We have made arrangements for informing passengers about the train position on regular basis besides setting up helplines for public," said the official, adding "departures of affected trains have been rescheduled."

Train drivers have been instructed to drive at a slow speed during the foggy condition.

The fog also hit international, domestic flights. According to TV reports, at least 25 flights have been delayed while one was cancelled as a thick blanket of fog enveloped Delhi. The flight that was cancelled, an Air India flight to Kullu, happened due to bad weather at the destination. No diversions were reported.

Visibility on Delhi roads are also very low. However, visibility improved to 150 metres by 9am.

Met officials said that similar cold day conditions prevailed in other parts of northwest India as well, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and northwest Rajasthan. Among the coldest cities in the plains was Amritsar, where the maximum on Saturday stood at 8.7 degrees C, a whopping 12 degrees below normal.

Giving the forecast for the coming days, a Met official said: "Fog may occur at many places over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan. No significant change will is expected in minimum temperatures over the region during next 24 hours and a slight rise may occur thereafter over the plains of northwest India. Cold day conditions may occur at isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan."