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300 flights delayed, 8 cancelled due to low visibility at IGI

02 January 2018, 10:35 | Tara Lloyd

Passengers wrapped in woollens wait for their train at New Delhi Railway Station as many of trains were delayed due to fog

Passengers wrapped in woollens wait for their train at New Delhi Railway Station as many of trains were delayed due to fog

All domestic and global flights from the Delhi airport were put on hold at about 6 am morning and they started taking off a little before 11 am.

A thick blanket of fog engulfed the national capital and its suburbs on New Year Day, hitting domestic and worldwide operations at the Delhi airport and delaying departing and arriving trains. This comes a day after over 350 flights flying out of Delhi were either suspended or delayed.

Delhiites on Monday witnessed dense fog for the second consecutive day with minimum temperature settling at 5.7 degree Celcius.

People commute in thick fog in New Delhi on Sunday morning
People commute in thick fog in New Delhi on Sunday morning

Hundreds of passengers at Delhi's airport and several railway stations in north India were left stranded on Monday after multiple flights and trains got affected due to the thick fog.

As many as 56 trains were delayed, 20 were rescheduled and 15 were cancelled, according to CPRO, Northern Railways.

Dense fog engulfed the Delhi airport in the morning hours, resulting in dropping of visibility below 50 m.

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While planes could land in Delhi, they were delayed because of unavailability of parking bays, which were occupied by aircraft waiting to take-off, the official said. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius.

A shallow fog would continue throughout the region all through the day, the Met said. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 100 %.

On January 1, 2018, the air pollution in the national capital stood on the brink of emergency level adding to the worsening fog condition.

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