Amid extreme weather conditions in the northern part of the country, with part of North India blanketed by dense fog, the Indian Railways had been hit intensely with several passengers stranded due to frequent cancellation or delay of trains.
Dense to very dense fog engulfed many places in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, while isolated places in Bihar, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim witnessed shallow to moderate fog in the morning hours, the MeT department said.
In Delhi, shallow fog in the morning led to cancellation of 17 trains while 90 are running late and 40 have been rescheduled. There were 90 trains running behind the schedule while the departure timings of 40 trains rescheduled due to the foggy weather causing disruptions in train operations.
Poorva Express, Manduadih Express, Sarai Rohilla Intercity Express, Sampooran Kranti Express, Varanasi-Marudhar Express and Mahabodhi Express are also among the 17 trains cancelled due to operational reasons.
However, normal flight operations were reported at the IGI Airport here, its spokesperson said.
The national capital recorded a low of 10.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while the maximum temperature settled at 26.6 degrees Celsius. Dense fog engulfed many parts of Kashmir Valley, including summer capital Srinagar, leading to poor visibility and causing difficulty to motorists, a MeT department official there said. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, down from previous night’s 0.1 degrees Celsius, an official of the MeT department said.
The mercury level at Leh town, in Ladakh region, the coldest recorded place in the state, increased slightly from the previous night’s low of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 10.6 degrees Celsius.