Foggy Delhi affects air, rail traffic

Foggy Delhi affects air, rail traffic

New Delhi: Dense fog enveloped the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday, leading to delay and diversion of over 70 flights. Trains were also disrupted leading to rescheduling of five trains and delaying 55 others.

Fog started to descend on the airport around 8p.m. last night and gradually became dense, forcing airport authorities to implement low visibility procedure (LVP).

Around 23 flights coming to the national capital had to be diverted to nearby airports due to the foggy conditions, an airport official said.

The runway visibility hovered between 50 to 175 metres through the night, resulting in disruptions in flight operations.

On Sunday, over 100 flights were affected when fog enveloped the airport. Over 40 flights, including 14 international ones, were diverted while 38 were cancelled.

Owing to low visibility, the railways rescheduled five trains including the Bhopal Shatabdi, Amritsar Shatabdi, Seemanchal Express and Taj Express.

Fify-five trains are running late due to the foggy conditions, including Purshottam Express, Poorva Express, Farakka Express and Sealdha and Howraj Rajdhanis, a railway official said.

The railways also cancelled some trains due to the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan. The trains cancelled include the Kota Janshatabdi and Ajmer Shatabdi. The Dehradun Bandra Express and Mumbai Janata Express will not run for the next seven days, the official said.