Fog may stop planes taking off, but your New Year plans may be thrown off kilter if things don't clear up.
The weatherman predicts mild to heavy fog in Delhi on Sunday night, particularly if it rains again. Delhiites may have to cut into their late night festivities if they don't want to get stuck trying to navigate the roads on New Year's Eve.
Nightlife in the capital took a hit on Wednesday and Thursday night as the fog cut down visibility on the roads to a few metres. Dilip Cherian, Image Guru, said, "I was driving out of Taj Hotel, and I felt as though I was driving into a soup. I found that most drivers had not put on their hazard lights and switched the headlights onto low beam — the reckless driving around me was extremely terrifying even though I had a short distance to travel.
Nightclubs and restaurants are keeping their fingers crossed that the party spirit will get the better of the fog. Sanjay Mehta, manager communications, The Bristol Hotel, says business could be affected if there is dense fog. "We estimate a drop in business compared to other December 31 nights if the fog comes down heavy on New Year's Eve. However, I've seen that Delhi is strong at heart and at will when it comes to partying. The clubs won't come to a standstill but it surely will be a pity to know that nature always plays spoilsport on one of the most celebrated evenings of the year," he says.
DJ Rummy, who plays at clubs like Climax and Orange Room, recounts a similar situation few years ago when he played at a farmhouse party hosted by fashion designer Rohit Bal.
"A party that was likely to end at 3 am ended at 7 in the morning," he says. "The roads outside were jammed with traffic almost the entire night. People who were invited couldn't enter or leave; there was no room for any car to leave or enter. When I was heading to leave, a truck came and rammed into me on the highway," he adds.
There is little possibility that you may want to go to a club if even going to a friend's place seems difficult, says model and psychologist Anjhula Singh Bais. "The fog not only manages to delay your late evening plans; often it ends up curbing them." She adds: "My friends and I have not been able to finalise party plans because everyone is apprehensive of the traffic. Safety does become an issue; who would want to labour through dense fog to revel in a club knowing that the drive back would be an extremely daunting one." Cherian feels, "Drinking and driving coupled with dense fog is a lethal cocktail to spoil your New Year's Eve."
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