Even as hundreds of trains continue to be delayed due to fog, the railways has launched a first-of-its-kind webpage (http://railradar.trainenquiry.com/maps/fog) using Google Maps, to allow passengers to view the areas where fog has affected normal operation of trains, anywhere in the country in the past 24 hours.
In April 2012, the Railways launched http://trainenquiry. com to let passengers know the status of all trains in India.
"You click on a section (view trains on map live) and you are directed to http://railradar.trainenquiry.com, which was launched in October 2012 to provide a visual display of all running trains," said a senior railway official.
"Trains highlighted in blue indicate those that are running on time while the red marks indicate the trains that are delayed. If you click on a particular train, the map will show the exact route of the train, including all the stoppages and the current location of the train on the real time basis," he said.
"On this page, there's now a fog section. You click on this, and you are directed to http://railradar.trainenquiry.com/maps/fog.
The passenger is required to enter the train number and can see the entire route on the screen. Passengers can quickly search if a train has been affected by fog, and even check exact sections of the route where fog has caused delays.
Even before you head out, you can view each station within the fog-affected route, the details of which are displayed by a mouse-over," said Manish Rathi of RailYatri, which has started the initiative with the Railways.
"You can also go directly to http://railradar.trainenquiry.com/maps/fog," he added.
A section to provide information on events such as fog and floods is also available.