Normal life in Punjab and Haryana was badly hit with rail and air traffic getting thrown out of gear as thick fog engulfed the region once again on Monday, even as cold wave conditions continued unabated.
For the first time this season, an entire stretch in the north from Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat, Rohtak, Sirsa, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala in Haryana to Patiala, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Adampur, Halwara, Moga, Gurdaspur and Pathankot in Punjab was blinded by fog, the Met sources told PTI in Chandigarh.
The situation in Amritsar has been so bad due to fog that no flight has landed or taken off from the Raja Sansi airport during the past two days.
"We have nine each international and domestic incoming and outgoing flights from Amritsar daily. Even though we have Category I Instrument Landing System, but situation has been so bad due to fog that after 5:30 pm On December 27 no flight has landed or taken off," Amritsar Airport Director, Arun Talwar told PTI.
Chandigarh, which had remained by and large fog-free so far, saw visibility reduced to 50 m this morning due to heavy fog.
The Jet Airways had to cancel its flight (no 734) to Mumbai from here due to bad weather conditions while Kingfisher's IT 600
Chandigarh-Mumbai flight was also delayed, the airline officials said.
Rail traffic across Punjab and Haryana was adversely hit due to fog. Several long distance UP and DN trains were reported running late between 2-6 hours.
Reports reaching here said that vehicular traffic along the national and state highways in Punjab and Haryana was thrown out of gear this morning as visibility was reduced to nil.
Vehicles were forced to move at a snail's pace with headlights on. Police sources here said that there were reports of fog having trigerred minor accidents at some places.
A report from Ludhiana said that 16 persons were injured in three different pile ups in the district this morning involving