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Weather continues to affect air, rail travel

chandigarh Updated: Dec 23, 2013 23:18 IST
HT Correspondent

Bad weather continued to affect air and rail travel to and from the city on Monday.

While all flights were behind schedule by half hour to two hours, five trains, including the Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi, were late. The Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi reached the city an hour behind its scheduled arrival of 11.05 am. Railway authorities said the delay was owing to dense fog in Delhi. Kalka-Howra Express and Unchahar Express were late by five and ten hours respectively. The Sadbhavna Express and Jaipur-Chandigarh Garib Rath were late by two and four hours, respectively.

The Air India flight which was to leave the Chandigarh airport at 11.25am left at 12.22pm. Meanwhile, the airline's flight from Delhi which was scheduled to arrive at 10.45am only reached the city at 11.45am, resulting in the delay in departure.

The Chandigarh-Mumbai Indigo flight that usually departs at 12.20pm was late by an hour. Jet Airways' Chandigarh-Delhi flight that departs from the city at 12.55pm left only at 2.25pm. Meanwhile, Indigo's Mumbai-Chandigarh flight that arrives at 11.50pm reached the city at 12.37 pm.

A Jet Airways flight from Delhi was late by 45 minutes. The flight reached the city at 2.05pm, against its scheduled arrival of 12.20pm. Other flights of Jet Airways and Go Air operated as per their scheduled timings.

Now, two more special trains

To accommodate the rush of tourists, the railways have decided to ply two special trains that will be linked with long-distance trains that are reaching Kalka late and will accommodate passengers of delayed trains.

A special holiday train, Duplicate Shivalik Express, will be put on tracks on Thursday, while the second train will start plying from Wednesday. This will take the number of trains going to Kalka to seven.