Delhi: Dense fog delays 40 flights, 35 trains
Posted on: 10:54 AM IST Jan 18, 2012
New Delhi: As many as 40 flights and 35 trains were delayed on the Wednesday morning due to dense fog in Delhi and parts of North India.
As the mercury plummeted sharply leaving Delhiites shivering, the minimum was recored at 5.6 degree Celsius as compared to Tuesday's minimum of 9.3 degree Celsius.
Flight operations at the IGI Airport were disrupted with 40 flights delayed and three cancelled. Two other flights were diverted.
The fog started to descend at the airport in the wee hours due to which the runway visibility dipped below 100 metre and the general visibility to less than 50 metre, an airport official said.
As the runway visibility was less than the required minima for takeoff of 125 metre and 150 metre, flights were unable to take off, he said.
Icy winds blowing across the city have added to the winter chill.
Over 35 trains were also reported to be delayed in the morning due to dense fog.
According to a Northern Railway spokesperson, the trains which recorded disruptions due to fog included the Rajdhani Express trains from Patna, Howrah, Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar.
These trains were running over two hours behind schedule while the other mail and express trains were reported to be running four to six hours behind their scheduled time.
(With additional inputs from PTI)