Delhi fog: Over 300 flights delayed, 8 cancelled

Faith Castro
January 2, 2018

The New Year 2018 began on a chilly and foggy note in the national capital Delhi, with heavy fog affecting road, air and rail traffic, while the mercury dipped to 5.7 degrees Celsius.

Almost 40 domestic and 26 worldwide flights were among those delayed. Passengers traveling throughout the day should expect delays and cancellations due to the first day of the fog this season.

Almost all flights arriving into and departing from Delhi were affected. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year", said RK Jenamani, Director, IMD, Delhi area and IGI airport.

In neighbouring Rajasthan, at least four people were killed and four injured when their vehicle fell into a pond due to low visibility caused by fog in Bharatpur's Dig. Three hundred flights were delayed and 8 cancelled due to poor visibility.

According to the Indian Meteorological department, general visibility improved to 200 metres at IGI as compared to zero metres the past two days.

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The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 22 degrees Celsius, he said.

As per procedure, take-offs can take place only if the runway visibility is above 125 metres.

In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR. The dense fog seems to create major problems for the visitors as the operations at the airport is severely affected.

Similarly, the South Central Railway in a press release announced that Telangana Express (Train 12723), which is scheduled to depart at 6.25 am on Tuesday, will depart at 1.55 pm on the same day due to late running of pairing train.

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