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Trains run late despite shallow fog

Despite the northern railways deploying its senior officers round-the-clock at all major Delhi stations to check fog chaos, there has been little respite for passengers. Around 150 major trains still continue to be running hours behind schedule. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2011 00:24 IST
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Despite the northern railways deploying its senior officers round-the-clock at all major Delhi stations to check fog chaos, there has been little respite for passengers. Around 150 major trains still continue to be running hours behind schedule.

Several passengers are still stranded at stations, though the delay time has improved slightly due to the shallow fog.

However, this delay was enough to wash out several people's Christmas plans. "I had to catch a train to Lucknow to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends. But the train was delayed by more than a couple of hours. Finally, I had to cancel the trip," said Vallery Atmaram, a resident of Chandigarh who works in Delhi.

Sunday too saw about 100 major trains, including high-speed premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi, running hours behind schedule. So far, around 60 trains have been cancelled and 20 have been rescheduled.

"There has been a slight respite for passengers as there has been a fall in the average delay time. But the situation will worsen when the fog envelopes the Capital again. Currently, the city is clear but in other parts there is dense fog," a senior railway officer said.

The average delay time in arrival and departure timings trains has been around six hours, though the northern railways had expected it to be 10-12 hours during foggy season.

But this week and the first week of 2012 are going to be crucial for the northern railways as the Met department has predicted dense fog.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport too saw delays in flight departures and arrivals though Sunday did prove to be one of the better days due to the shallow fog. No cancellations and diversions were reported while only 50 flights were affected due to fog.

For Monday, the Met department has predicted shallow fog between 7am and 8:30am which suggests that flight operation will remain normal through the day.

Tuesday, however, could prove to be a crucial day at IGIA as the Met department is expecting dense fog.