Dense fog disrupts air, rail traffic in Delhi

December 29th, 2008 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 29 (ANI): A thick fog enveloped the national capital, disrupting more than three dozen flights and rail traffic on Monday. Transport was thrown out of gear as air, rail and road traffic were badly affected by the poor visibility levels early in the morning.
The visibility levels at the Indira Gandhi International Airport dropped much below the minimum required levels.
Those waiting for the flights were seen reading books and standing around bonfires to beat the cold.
“We are facing a lot of problems. The flight is delayed. I have never seen such weather before. I have been told my flight is delayed by say an hour can be delayed by more than that,” said Amit, an air passenger.
Rail traffic was also affected because of the heavy blanket of fog that enveloped the national capital. Most of the trains were delayed, leaving passengers stranded on the platform.
“I have to go to Varanasi. But the trains are getting delayed. I have been waiting since the last four hours. Almost all the trains are late,” said Mahadev Tripathi, a rail passenger.
Road traffic also moved at a snail’’s pace in several places as the roads remained enveloped by thick fog leading to poor visibility.
The region reels under chilly weather with temperatures hovering around six degree Celsius. Many preferred to stay inside their dwellings to stay warm.
North India usually witnesses early morning fog every winter when night temperatures often dip below five degrees Celsius. (ANI)

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