Season’s first dense fog engulfs holy city, flights delayed

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindusatn Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2015 21:00 IST
Fog completely envelops the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT Photo)

As residents and tourists woke up in the holy city on Wednesday morning, they were blinded by the season’s first dense fog that completely threw life out of gear.

A thick blanket of fog engulfed the region as it affected the common people struggling to drive their cars, two-wheelers and bicycles amid poor visibility.

Tourists crestfallen

The fog also disappointed tourists in the holy city who were deprived of visibility at the Golden Temple, with the gurdwaras in the complex hardly visible.

The sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple could not be seen even from a distance of a few metres. The moment the tourists stepped into the complex, they were disheartened to see a thick blanket of fog concealing the view of the gold-plated building. Youths and foreign tourists were dismayed as the weather conditions restricted their photography of the holy shrine.

Holy dip in the ‘sarovar’ also saw few devotees showing courage in braving the chill.

Cold wave tightens grip

With dense fog and chilly breeze, the cold wave in the region could be seen as well as felt. People were seen dressed in woollen clothes, coats, jackets, scarves and socks that had hitherto been stowed away with mothballs tucked inside them.

Students late to school

Holy dip in the ‘sarovar’ also saw few devotees showing courage in braving the chill. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

A majority of school buses and vans got late as driving became difficult because of poor visibility. Students were spotted waiting for the buses at designated bus stops, while trying their best to shield themselves from the chill.

Business not as usual

Milk and vegetable vendors, labourers, domestic helpers and office-goers among others were delayed in reaching their respective destinations or workplaces. Movement in the entire city became sluggish as chill and poor visibility accompanied the fog.

The worst-affected were the people coming from far-off villages to the city for their daily bread and butter.

All flights delayed, 1 cancelled

Ten flights were delayed and Malindo Air flight was cancelled at the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport. The airport authorities confirmed that all domestic and international flights were disrupted due to dense fog. The first Air India flight which lands at 9.15am reached at around 2.30pm. The undue delay and cancellation lead to chaos at the airport as anxious travellers thronged the help and enquiry desks.

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