Thick fog greets Delhi on New Year; flights, trains delayed

Boost cold waves Air quality get'poor: Delhi

Over 500 flights were delayed and more than 20 cancelled as dense fog severely hampered visibility at the Indira Gandhi International airport today.

Not only this, dense fog has engulfed the entire northwestern plains.

Almost all flights arriving into and departing from Delhi were affected. According to an airport official, flights were stopped from taking off between 6 and 10 a.m., while landing on nearly all flights was delayed.

The weather department has confirmed that the temperature at New Delhi was recorded at 6.4 degree Celsius on Sunday morning - a bit below the average temperature of the season.

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The visibility which was 1,500 metres at 3.30 a.m. dropped rapidly to zero at 5.30 a.m. Also the airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings - CAT IIIB system - under which an aircraft can land in visibility of 25 to 50 metres. The three-hour suspension of flight operations meant that it took hours for the backlog to clear. No flights could take off between 7.30 am and 11.05 am.

As per procedure, take-offs can take place only if the runway visibility is above 125 metres.

The Northern Railways said over 50 trains coming to Delhi were running late and 20 were rescheduled. The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected rail zones.On Sunday, the minimum temperature had settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.almost all flights arriving and departing from Delhi were affected.

People were also seen sitting on the floor and staircases as no chairs were vacant.

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