Approximately 30 trains delayed, leaving passengers stranded at New Delhi Railway Station
Numerous passengers found themselves stranded at New Delhi Railway Station due to approximately 30 delayed trains.
On Tuesday, Delhi residents woke up to dense fog and extreme cold, disrupting flight and rail operations and causing lengthy delays for thousands of passengers at airports and railway stations.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that Palam (VIDP) and Safdarjung Airports in the city recorded morning visibilities below 500 meters. According to airport officials, about 30 departing flights from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) faced delays, and 17 flights were canceled due to low visibility caused by dense fog, as reported by news agency ANI.
The meteorological agency noted the presence of a fog patch over the northern and north-eastern states, resulting in areas of low visibility at airports in these regions.
“At 0530 hrs IST, a layer of fog extends from Punjab to northeast India, covering Haryana, North MP, UP, Bihar, and West Bengal. Additionally, patches of fog are observed along the east coast of India, as indicated in the attached Satellite Imagery,” stated the IMD in a post on X.
“Airport visibility data indicates the following visibility readings under dense to very dense fog conditions: Varanasi 00m; Agra 00m; Gwalior 00m; Jammu 00m; Pathankot 00m; Chandigarh 00m; Gaya 20m; Prayagraj 50m; Tejpur 50m; Agartala 100m; Vijaywada 100m; Bagdogra 100m,” the statement included.
Passengers at the airport encountered challenges due to extensive delays and flight cancellations. A traveler shared, “Originally set for an 8:40 am departure, my flight is now rescheduled for 10:30 am. The attributed reason is primarily the adverse weather conditions and fog,” narrating the experience at IGI airport.