Delhi fogged up on New Year Day, flights, trains disrupted

02 January, 2018, 11:57 | Author: Inez Murphy
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Earlier on Monday operations at the IGI airport had been temporarily suspended in the wake of dense fog canopying the whole national capital region and the visibility dropping below 50 metres. Most of the northwestern plains are in its grip.

More than 40 flights were diverted and over 90 flights were affected at Delhi airport before flight operations got back to normalcy, the source said. If pilots are trained in the CAT IIIB system, they are allowed to land the planes even if the runway visibility is below 50 metres.

Departures at Delhi airport were halted for two and a half hours on Monday morning, resulting in 300 delayed flights and eight cancellations.

A thick blanket of fog enveloped the national capital this morning and the minimum temperature settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.

The visibility which was 1,500 metres at 3.30 a.m. dropped rapidly to zero at 5.30 a.m. No flights could take off between 7.30 am and 11.05 am. Piolet from Indira Gandhi International Airport requires 125 meters visibility.

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 22 degrees Celsius, he said.

"The sky will remain clear (in Delhi) during the day, with dense fog in the morning", IANS quoted an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) as saying. SAFAR, which has its own monitoring network, recorded "severe" levels of pollution.

The day's average air quality index (AQI) was at 400, classified as "very poor" by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Many tweeted photos of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and staircases.


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