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Fog delays 82 trains, air quality hits severe levels in few pockets of Delhi

delhi Updated: Dec 12, 2016 09:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A scooterist rides past a woman pushing her cycle cart on a foggy morning on the outskirts of New Delhi on December 8.(AP Photo)

Fog continued to shroud the city skies on Monday bringing down visibility across the city and hitting trains services. However, flight operations remained largely unaffected, according to airport officials.

At least 82 Delhi-bound trains were delayed and 23 were rescheduled due to prevailing fog conditions in the city and NCR.

Airport officials described visibility as “manageable” and said there was no major impact on flight operations due to the weather conditions. General visibility was 200 metre and runway visibility was 800 metres at 7 am.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), visibility may improve as the day progresses.

The met office recorded the minimum temperature at 14 degree Celsius at 8 am which may rise up to 26 degree Celsius. IMD predicted clear skies during the day.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) also hovered above 300 in the “very poor” category in the morning, according to System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

The level of PM 2.5 was very poor, dropping to 148. The maximum value of PM 10 was recorded at 261 which is termed as ‘poor’.

The AQI in areas like Punjabi Bagh, Lodhi Colony, Mandir Marg, Anand Vihar, and Chattarpur crossed 300 in the morning, in data recorded by Hindustan Times’ real-time air quality tracking app. The level of air pollution in these areas have been called “severe,” and the air is deemed too dangerous to even breathe.