Fog envelops UT,just two flights take off

Thick fog played havoc with city residents’ travel plans today. While just two flights could operate from Chandigarh Airport,trains were running much behind schedule.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:January 4, 2012 2:00 am

Thick fog played havoc with city residents’ travel plans today. While just two flights could operate from Chandigarh Airport,trains were running much behind schedule. Due to the blanket of fog,visibility was reduced to such an extent that even driving on roads proved to be a problem.

Flights from the Chandigarh Airport remained grounded today affecting hundreds of passengers. Only an Air India flight and a Jetlite flight could take off in the afternoon. The Instrument Landing System installed at the Airport is effective only when the visibility is atleast 1.2 km. The visibility today was 50 metres.

An Airport official said that fog was affecting flights at the Delhi Airport as well. Due to flights not operating from Delhi,operations were being affected for the past few days. With heavy fog in the city today,the flights remained grounded.

The scene was similar at the railway station. The trains were running late. The Kalka Shatabdi arrived one and a half hours late. Duronto reached Chandigarh Railway Station from Amritsar at around 11 am against its scheduled arrival time of 9.30 am. The Himalayan Queen was also delayed by more than an hour. The train from Lucknow also reached later than its scheduled time.

The trains are being delayed for the past many days. Operations of two trains are suspended till January 31. During foggy weather,instructions have been issued to the drivers to reduce the speed. This increases commuting time considerably.

Traffic on the roads moved at a snail’s pace in the morning with visibility considerably reduced.

The day temperature witnessed a dip of around three degrees. Meanwhile,the Met Department has predicted that such conditions would prevail for the next two to three days. Met Director Surinder Paul said that due to the increased moisture content in the air,there is presence of fog. “The fog would prevail for the next two to three days. There would also be a fall in temperature. Light showers are expected by January 5,” he said.

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