Heavy fog hits flights, trains in Delhi

February 02, 2013 - 2:58:05 am

Vendors selling drinks stand beside vehicles near the India Gate war memorial on a smoggy day in New Delhi yesterday. 

New Delhi: After heavy fog yesterday morning that disrupted air and rail traffic severely, the skies remained clear and sunny through the day. The Met office has forecast similar conditions today as well.

According to a railway official, around 10 trains were cancelled and 17 delayed because of thick fog.  Similarly, 12 flights were cancelled and 77 were delayed, a Delhi International Airport Limited statement said.

The traffic on road moved at a snail’s pace too with motorists having a tough time steering through the dense fog.

Sandeep Dutta, who drives a school van from Noida to Delhi, said: “There was dense fog and I could hardly see anything, it was difficult to drive and I was just following the car moving ahead.”

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), this morning too will witness fog followed by a sunny and warm afternoon.