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Foggy Sunday in Delhi

Foggy Sunday in Delhi
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As winter gradually enveloped the city, fog has been creating hindrance to the air buses landing and taking off in the city along with the railways in the city.

At IGI Airport, around 20 flights were reported to be delayed due to fog while two were cancelled as the fog enveloped the airport from 7 am to 9 am. The flight operations at the IGI airport remained suspended for over an hour after Delhi witnessed the first dense fog of this winters on Sunday.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has reportedly implemented several proactive measures to minimise the inconvenience caused to the passengers by ensuring the continuity of flight operations during low visibility conditions at IGI Airport this fog season, which is slated to be from 10 December 2012 to 10 February 2013. ‘Operations were normal despite a shallow fog in the morning and the runway visibility was above 200 metres but around 7 am dense fog descended at the airport and runway visibility dropped to zero at one end of the runway, while it was below 50 metres on the other end,’ said an official. The general visibility on the main runway was 50 metres while the runway visibility was 75 metres, forcing the airlines to hold back the departure of flights.

Trains too faced hours of delay and cancellations due to heavy fog. ‘Important trains like Patna Rajdhani faced nine hours of delay, while Howrah Rajdhani was seven hours late among the 59 delayed trains on Sunday,’ said Neeraj Sharma, spokesperson of Northern Railways. According to the sources, Paryag Raj Express from Allahabad was 10 hours late, while Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express was six hours late, Toofan Express from Howrah ran 13 hours late. ‘The 36 trains cancelled include Mahananda express to Alipur Duar, Poorva express to Howrah, Mahabodhi express to Gaya, Sangam express to Meerut and Gomti express to Lucknow,’ said Sharma.
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