Fog continues to bog down North

Fog continues to bog down North

B-21, AMR-030101 - JANUARY 3, 2010 - Amritsar: BSF jawans patrol at Attari-Wagah border,45 kilometres from Amritsar on a foggy Sunday. PTI Photo

The thick fog coupled with a biting cold wave has resulted in the death of at least 30 people in Uttar Pradesh.

Power supply continued to be erratic during the day following failure of the northern grid late on Saturday night that also hit the movement of electric trains. There seemed to be no respite with the dense fog enveloping the northern region, including the capital city with low visibility, putting lakhs of passengers and commuters in difficulty.

Air traffic was hit not only in Delhi but also in the northern state capitals. Air traffic control sources said there was little chance of improvement in weather conditions in Delhi. The pilots of some airlines required special CAT-3 licences to land the flights in low visibility conditions.

The Railways also continued to be hit hard by the fog. According to the Northern Railway, ‘extreme foggy conditions’ in northern India led to the cancellation of 13 trains on Sunday.
As many as 35 trains were rescheduled from New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamudin and Old Delhi railway stations. Eleven trains were diverted.

Over 50 international and domestic flights were delayed  at the IGI Airport and about 15 cancelled due to operational reasons. Thirteen flights of SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Kingfisher airlines to Amritsar, Leh, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Srinagar and Kolkata and two international flights to Amsterdam and London were cancelled.

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