Dense fog continued to hamper traffic in the region as only three of the 15 scheduled flights from the city airport took off on Saturday. As for railways, Lucknow-bound trains were particularly late.
The Unchahar Express was behind schedule by 10 hours. Airport officials said passengers had been advised to remain in touch with their respective airlines due to the uncertainty caused by the weather.
Meanwhile, the meteorological department said the region was not likely get respite from the cold wave and fog at least for another week.
On Saturday, maximum temperature remained at 13 degrees Celsius in Chandigarh, seven notches below the normal. The minimum was at 6.2°. Fog reduced the visibility to less than 150 metres in the morning, though it improved to 1,500 metres as the day progressed.
The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 16 degrees Celsius by next week, according to the Chandigarh Met Centre.
Chill will stay a while
Saturday’s maximum temperature in Chandigarh settled seven notches below the normal, at 13°C.
Fog reduced visibility to less than 150 metres in the morning.
Maximum likely to settle at 16° by next week; fog will continue for around a week.
Drill creates panic
Panic struck the Chandigarh airport for some time around 11am on Saturday as a security drill was carried out by the airport authorities, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Chandigarh police and the air force.
Preparedness to deal with a terror threat or natural calamities was checked, but it also gave a tough time to passengers who panicked after the emergency call. CISF in-charge at the airport, Shashi Kant, later said it was a routine.