Dense fog at Indira Gandhi International airport, 50 flights affected

Indira Gandhi International airport

After witnessing uninterrupted operations for past four days, Indira Gandhi International airport here witnessed dense fog this morning affecting the movements of about 50 flights.

Dense fog today returned after four days which affected the schedule of about 50 flights, airport sources said.

Fog started to descend at the airport around 3.30 AM, when visibility dropped suddenly from 1200 metres to 400 metres at third runway, while it was above 1200 metres for main runway.

But within half an hour, dense fog also enveloped main runway and runway visibility decreased to 150 to 225 metres and at third runway it dropped to 50 to 100 metres.

The general visibility dropped to less than 50 metres and the situation remain till 9.30 AM. This led to delay in schedule of 50 flights, airport sources said.

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Fog plays havoc in Punjab, Haryana

Fog crippled normal life in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today throwing air, rail and road traffic out of gear even as minimum temperature in the region rose due to cloudy sky.

A thick blanket of fog enveloped most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh this morning affecting air, rail and road traffic in the region, officials said here.

While most of the flights from Chandigarh airport were cancelled or re-scheduled, several trains criss-crossing the region, including Shan-e Punjab and Howrah-Amritsar Mail were running hours behind schedule due to low visibility.

Besides, the motorists on the highways and state roads were moving at snail's pace.

The minimum temperatures hovered between four degrees celsius below normal to two notches above normal in the region, the Met office said here.

Hisar was the coldest place in the plains of Punjab and Haryana with a low of 2.2 degrees celsius, four notches below normal.

While Narnaul settled at a low of 3 degrees celsius, three notches below normal, the minimum temperature at Bhiwani was 3.2 degrees celsius.

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