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Fog blinds city, more misery ahead

A second wave of very dense fog this season once again crippled transport services, caused two fatal car accidents and made rush-hour traffic crawl in the Capital on Thursday.

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2010 01:07 IST
HT Correspondent

A second wave of very dense fog this season once again crippled transport services, caused two fatal car accidents and made rush-hour traffic crawl in the Capital on Thursday.

Over 100 flights were delayed and 15 had to be cancelled at the Delhi airport, while 20 were diverted.

“The airport had to be shut for over three hours since midnight,” said R.K. Jenamani, Director, airport observatory of the Met department. “The next few days are going to be worse.”

“It was the lack of CAT-III-equipped aircraft and trained pilots that resulted in the chaos,” said a senior air traffic official on condition of anonymity.

As usual, many passengers were either stranded at the airport or had to cancel their journey altogether. “My flight was to land at Delhi at 6 am but thanks to bad weather here, it didn’t take off from Abu Dhabi on time. I missed a connecting flight,” said Ram Daras, who was to travel on to Varanasi.

For the railways, it was the worst fog-hit day of the season. At least 72 trains were delayed by up to 14 hours, while 60 trains had to be rescheduled and 30 cancelled.

Noida saw two fatal accidents, all due to poor visibility, police said. Both occurred on the Noida expressway, when speeding trucks colliding with private vehicles, killing two people.

The weatherman has predicted very dense fog for Friday, adding the mercury could drop further. The maximum and mini-mum temperatures on Thursday were 18 and 6 degrees Celsius.