As Patiala continued to be in the grip of a cold wave, a thick blanket of fog enveloped the royal city on Thursday making it difficult for the people to go outdoors.
The city residents could not have even a single glimpse of the sun throughout the day as the thick fog did not give in. The meteorological department officials said the visibility had decreased to 50 metre level.
Normal life in the city was affected due to fog as the people did not venture out of their houses except for urgent work. Parks and streets wore deserted look as most of the residents preferred to stay indoors.
Jaswinder Kaur, a resident of Gurbaksh colony said, "The government must declare holidays in schools. It's inhuman to expect children to come to schools in such bone chilling weather. Some of the schools do not even have any furniture. How can we let children sit on cold floor and study. "
The railway traffic was also hit by fog as trains got delayed keeping passengers waiting for hours at the station. The Lokmanya Tilak-Amritsar Express was delayed by two hours, Rishikesh-Ganganagar by two hours and 25 minutes and Delhi-Fazilka Express by one hour and 20 minutes.
Met officials said the minimum temperature in the city plummeted to 7.3. They said the weather would remain same for the next 24 hours. Mist and fog will cover the entire region.