New Delhi: Dense fog enveloped several parts of Delhi and disrupted train and flight operations on Saturday. At least 10 trains are running late due to foggy weather conditions. Meanwhile, as per reports, pollution will remain under ‘very poor to severe’ category over Delhi-NCR region. Also, an active western disturbance is all set to lead to widespread rain and snow by Sunday evening.
On Friday morning, as many as 450 flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) were disrupted. Flight operations were hit between 5.30 AM and 1 PM yesterday.”Around 97 per cent of these 450 flights were either departing or arriving beyond their scheduled time due to dense fog that remained till around 10.20am. Rest were either diverted or cancelled,” the official said.
Departures were largely put on hold between 5.30 AM and 10.20 AM. Arrivals were happening only intermittently between 6 AM and 7.20 AM, another official said.
Traffic in the national capital was also affected and had police issuing a list of dos and don’ts for people using two-wheelers. “Visibility low due to intense fog in the border areas and area around India Gate in Delhi. Drive with caution. Maintain moderate speed. Drive with headlamps switched on,” Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
The India Meteorological Department has said that dense fog is very likely over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in the morning. “Cold wave conditions at a few places very likely over Punjab and at isolated pockets over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh and interior Odisha,” the weather office said.