Fog enveloped the city on Friday night and Saturday morning, throwing air, train and road transport out of gear. Three people were killed in accidents caused by poor visibility.
One person was killed and two injured when a truck rammed into their car in Burari, north Delhi. Police said the driver couldn’t see the car ahead. A motorcyclist and a rickshaw puller were also run over by trucks in fog-related accidents in Nangloi and Vijay Vihar.
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At the Delhi airport, 30 flights were cancelled and 150 delayed, some of them by up to three hours, as visibility dropped to less than 100 metres. Ten international flights were diverted to Mumbai.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) officials said these were the worst visibility conditions in six years. “We witnessed very thick fog in January 2003, which caused disruptions for almost 150 hours. This year, visibility conditions have been bad since December 28. We don’t expect significant improvement in the next 24 hours,” said RK Jenamani, Director of IGIA’s met department.
The new Rs 1000-crore runway remained shut for over 11 hours causing severe air traffic congestion. Passengers were stuck for hours at both international and domestic terminals.
“There was huge passenger rush and absolutely no place to sit at the domestic terminal. We were not informed about the delays beforehand,” said Amita Khurana, a passenger.