Visibility goes for a toss as dense fog engulfs Noida, Ghaziabad
Residents of Noida and Ghaziabad woke up to a foggy morning as the temperature went south. The maximum temperature in Noida on Wednesday was 22 degrees Celsius and the minimum was 8 degrees Celsius.noida Updated: Jan 17, 2018 22:44 IST
Dense fog engulfed most parts of Noida and Ghaziabad on Wednesday morning, reducing visibility to a few metres thereby forcing commuters to use headlights.
Residents of Noida and Ghaziabad woke up to a foggy morning as the temperature went south. The maximum temperature in Noida on Wednesday was 22 degrees Celsius and the minimum was 8 degrees Celsius.
The mercury fared no better in Ghaziabad and registered a maximum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
According to weatherman, dense fog descended on the cities around 5am. Visibility was severely hampered on all major routes such as National Highway-24, Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and the Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway. Motorists said visibility was very low from 5am to 9am and this resulted in the slow movement of traffic as commuters were forced to use fog lights.
“I had to leave my home in Ghaziabad early morning to do some fieldwork. But, today, I found it extremely difficult to ride my motorcycle on NH-24 due to the decreased visibility. I kept riding on the extreme left side of the road to avoid an accident,” said Mohammad Intezaar, a Ghaziabad resident, who sells car batteries for a living.
“Due to foggy conditions on NH-24, we have asked personnel of police stations concerned to be on alert. Apart from them, we also have our police control room vans and public response vehicles doing night patrolling. This is apart from 8am to 10am morning duties of the traffic personnel. There has been no major accident so far this winter owing to foggy conditions,” said Shyam Narayan Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).
He said police and traffic personnel have been asked to remain alert whenever fog persists on highways in Ghaziabad district.
While fog in the morning hours resulted in vehicles moving at a snail’s pace in Noida, no accident was reported from any part of the city.
“There was no accident on the DND Flyway or the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. However, traffic movement was slow. We had stationed traffic police constables at various junctions to avoid congestion. After 10am, when the fog cleared, traffic became normal,” said Layak Singh, traffic inspector, Noida police.
Primary schools in Noida and Ghaziabad were also open on Wednesday. Earlier, schools in Gautam Budh Nagar were asked to remain closed till January 10 while Ghaziabad schools were shut till January 14 owing to a dip in temperature and foggy weather.
“Today was the first foggy day after schools reopened and my son’s school is barely one kilometre from our home. We had proper sunshine this week except on Wednesday morning,” said Jyoti Yadav, a resident of Nithari village, Noida Sector 30.
First Published: Jan 17, 2018 22:42 IST