Fog delays 400 trains and 500 flights

02 January, 2018, 12:01 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • HASSLED Passengers stranded at Patna airport on Saturday

The passengers had driven through fog-covered roads to the airport but the operations at the airport were severely affected for around five hours in the morning, as the runway visibility dropped below 50 metres. A large number of flights and trains were delayed.

Almost all flights arriving into and departing from Delhi were affected. This year's worst condition of fog has been experienced. Due to the flights delays, travel plans and New Year celebrations of many passengers went haywire. 20 other trains were rescheduled while 15 more were cancelled.

According to the Indian Meteorological department, general visibility improved to 200 metres at IGI as compared to zero metres the past two days. The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected rail zones.On Sunday, the minimum temperature had settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.almost all flights arriving and departing from Delhi were affected.




On Sunday also, more than 40 flights were diverted and more than 90 flights were affected at the Delhi airport. "Day temperature will fall significantly", Mahesh Palawat, Vice President at Skymet Weather, said, adding the minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees was "lowest minimum of the season".

Take-offs at IGI require a minimum RVR of 125 metres and landings can take place with a minimum RVR of 50 metres.

The day's average air quality index (AQI) was at 400, classified as "very poor" by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The weatherman has predicted similar conditions for Tuesday, with possibility of dense fog in the morning and early evening.According to railway data, as of December 31 midnight, 400 mail and express trains reached late, after getting delayed on the account of fog.

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