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Fog to continue for another 3 days in Chandigarh, flights hit

Maximum temperature on Thursday remained at 18.2 degrees, four notches below normal.

punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2017 12:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Kids around a bonfire in Chandigarh.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)

Fog will continue to engulf the city for the next three-four days, and the temperature will further dip by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius, according to the forecast of the meteorological department here on Thursday.

Maximum temperature on Thursday remained at 18.2 degrees, four notches below normal; and the minimum temperature was at 12.6 degree Celsius, which was six above normal. Forecast for Friday shows the maximum temperature as 14.2° and the minimum as 11.3°.

Fog disrupted air traffic for the second consecutive day as three flights were cancelled and five delayed. The airport that got a new terminal still has no navigation system for operations during inclement winter conditions.

Air India’s Chandigarh-Delhi flight at 7.25 am could not operate because the visibility did not allow the aircraft to land at 6.55 am. Then SpiceJet’s Delhi flight at 8.40 am got cancelled, and it’s been called off for Saturday too in apprehension of fog.

Air India’s Mumbai flight was cancelled at 3.20 pm because the aircraft was stuck with a Chandigarh-Pune flight that departed three hours late in the morning and could not come back on time for Mumbai passengers. IndiGo’s 8am departure for Delhi ended up becoming 11.30 am. Air India’s Chandigarh-Pune flight was operated at 12.30 pm instead of 9.15 am.

Passengers of cancelled flights had tough time. Many of them were stranded and missed their connecting flights from Delhi to other destinations. The visibility only improved after 11.30 am that allowed the airport to operate many of the scheduled flights.

As a result of the fog, trains ran late too. Of the 56 that arrive in Chandigarh, 13 arrived late on Thursday. These included Una-Delhi Janshatabdi Express arrived 25 minutes late, while New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express was 15 minutes late.

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 10:20 IST