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Fog envelops Delhi, IGI airport temporarily shut, train traffic hit


Meenakshi Upreti, Shoaib Ahmed, Priyanka Dube, Shylaja Varma, CNN-IBN
Jan 06, 2014 at 09:24am IST

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New Delhi: Thick fog continues to hit air and rail traffic in Delhi. As dense fog enveloped the national capital early Monday morning, Indira Gandhi International Airport was forced to shut down temporarily. While air travellers remained stranded at the airport, similar was the scene at major railway stations as 30 trains were cancelled and many others delayed

by more than 24 hours. The Met predicts shallow fog through the day.

With the visibility below 50 metres early morning, about 90 flights stand cancelled. While a number of flights remain affected, some are still taking off since one of the runways is functional. Though visibility is now above 250 metres now, the airport will remain at

least partially closed till about 8.30 this morning. According to the weatherman, visibility is expected to improve to 100 m by 10:30 AM.

The season's worst fog on Sunday evening has led to a massive backlog. "Flight has been cancelled. No idea when we'll be put on to the next flight, we have been told to queue

up in the cold to find that out," said an international passenger.

Another traveller said, "It is ridiculous, for the past 3 hours it has been nothing but waiting. I mean no clue what's going to happen. I tried other airlines and they've already been over booked or sold out."

Moving to the other metro cities, Mumbai has been a lucky one as no chaos has been reported at the airport. While in Bangalore, a few of the flights were either cancelled or rescheduled leaving passengers fuming.

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