Thick Fog Engulfs Delhi-NCR, Flight-Rail Operations Affected


New Delhi: A thick blanket of fog engulfed Delhi, the national capital region and much of north India for the second morning in a row. Delhi reported a minimum temperature of 12 degree Celsius.

Flight operations were affected at the Delhi airport on the second day as dense fog reduced visibility below 50 meters with four domestic flights diverted to other aerodromes amid low runway visibility due to dense fog.

Flight operations at Delhi airport are “intermittent” but not “suspended”, an airport official said. “The low visibility procedure was implemented at 3 AM. ATC is clearing arrivals and departures as per the fog situation,” the official said. He said four aircraft arriving at Delhi airport from different destination were diverted to other airports as they could not land here.

On Wednesday, more than 60 flights were affected at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. More than 40 flights were delayed, around 15 were diverted and one was cancelled as low visibility procedures were implemented at the airport, officials said.

As per the Northern Railways, around 50 trains bound to Delhi have been delayed due to dense fog and poor visibility.

The air quality of the national capital also plunged on Wednesday, turning ‘severe’ following a fairly long period when strong wind movement had helped keep the pollutants at bay. The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had Delhi’s air in the ‘severe’ category with a reading of 410, which may affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing respiratory ailments.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had said that there could be a rise in pollution as the wind speed decreases due to fog.