Thick fog greets Delhi on New Year; flights, trains delayed

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Those travelling from trains have also faced the issues of rescheduling of their trains due to fog in several parts of northern India.

A successful take off requires a minimum visibility range of 125 metres. No plane could fly from 7:30 to 11: 30 in the morning yesterday. All flights to and from the national capital are on standby and no operations are active as of now due to low visibility, news agency ANI reported.

Meanwhile, Air Quality Index of Delhi's Lodhi Road area shows prominent pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 falling in "very poor" category. According to an airport official, more than 270 flights were delayed and around 50 flights were diverted to other airports.

All domestic and worldwide flights from the Delhi airport were put on hold at about 6 this morning and they started taking off only a little before 11.

"Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres". While no departure from the airport took place during this five hour period, the arrivals also were affected due to visibility issues. The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected rail zones.On Sunday, the minimum temperature had settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.almost all flights arriving and departing from Delhi were affected.

People were also seen sitting on the floor and staircases as no chairs were vacant.

Hundreds of passengers at Delhi's airport and several railway stations in north India were left stranded on Monday after multiple flights and trains got affected due to the thick fog.