Fog hits air, rail traffic in Delhi (Lead)

December 31st, 2011 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) It was a foggy Saturday morning in the capital as Delhiites geared up to welcome the New Year. The thick blanket of fog wreaked havoc on air, rail and road traffic with 132 flights and 62 trains being affected.

The visibility was down to a mere 50 metres at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport at 8.30 a.m. In other parts of the city, the visibility was around 250 metres.

According to officials of the Delhi International Airport (DIAL) Ltd., 96 domestic and 36 international flights were delayed due to poor weather and visibility.

As per the website of the Northern Railways, till 4 p.m., 27 trains were cancelled while 32 were running late and departure of three trains was rescheduled by more than an hour.

The minimum temperature settled a notch below average at 6.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was likely to hover around 22 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said.

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