With the arrival of fog in the district came harassment of thousands of passengers, with trains getting delayed due to the foggy weather conditions. The trains were running up to five hours late.
The Malwa Express, which begins at Indore and goes till Jammu, arrived at Ludhiana five hours late. Jansewa Express which runs between Saharsa (Bihar) and Amritsar was delayed by one and a half hours.
Another train Akal Takht Express, which runs between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Amritsar Junction, reached Ludhiana at 2:25pm, two hours behind its scheduled time, while Himgiri Express, which plies between Jammu Tawi and Howra (Kolkata) junctions was late by eight hours.
Paschim Express was delayed by two hours, Shan-e-Punjab by one hour and Shatabdi Express was late by 45 minutes.
Ram Lal, one of the passengers, said, “I had booked a ticket for Himgiri Express one month ago, but due to bad weather conditions, I had to face a lot of inconvenience, as I have been waiting for more than seven hours now.”
He added, “Since, winter has already set in, the railway authorities should have anticipated the delay. Every year lakhs of passengers, especially from the northern-eastern region, face a lot of inconvenience during winter. Still, the railway authorities are yet to come up with a solution to deal with the issue.”
Surender Sharma, who was travelling to Varanasi, said, “It was worst travelling experience for me and my family, as we reached the station in the wee hours and had to wait in bone-chilling weather.”
According to the railway officials, apart from the major delays in the timings of some of the trains, most of the trains could not make it on time.
When asked about the arrangements in place for the delay in train timings, Ravinder Sharma, station superintendent, Ludhiana station, said, “Considering the bad weather conditions, we will be cancelling some of the trains in December and chart-out a plan to make some arrangements for the passengers.”
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre has predicted that the sky will be partly cloudy with fog occurring during the morning and night for the next two days. The temperature will start increasing and there will be shallow fog Saturday onwards.