“Fog Causes Flight Disruptions at Delhi Airport; 16 Flights Delayed”

"Fog Disrupts Flight Operations at Delhi Airport; Air Quality Plummets to 'Severe' Category"

Flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport faced disruption as a dense blanket of fog descended upon the national capital, leading to visibility issues and delays in both international and domestic flights.

Amidst the foggy conditions and a dip in temperatures on Saturday, 11 international and five domestic flights to and from Delhi were delayed, impacting travel schedules for numerous passengers. However, there was no official confirmation from the railways regarding train delays due to the fog.

The India Meteorological Department reported the minimum temperature at Palam at 14 degrees Celsius, while Safdarjung recorded 12.2 degrees. As the cold intensified, individuals sought warmth around bonfires, with some seeking refuge at night shelters, notably at AIIMS, to escape the biting cold.

Similar scenes unfolded across the city, with locals seen bundled up under heavy blankets at night shelters in the Lodhi Road area. The plummeting mercury made it challenging for residents to engage in routine activities like morning strolls or cycling, exacerbated by the fog and prevailing pollution.

Addressing the worsening air quality, Delhi’s Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, urged all concerned departments to reactivate their teams to enforce stringent measures outlined under Stage-3 of the Centre’s air pollution control plan. Rai highlighted the deterioration of air quality from ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ due to low temperatures and stagnant winds.

In response, the Commission for Air Quality Management re-enforced restrictions under Stage-3 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), imposing a ban on non-essential construction work and the operation of BS-III petrol and BS-IV diesel four-wheelers in Delhi-NCR.

The air quality index in Delhi on Saturday morning was recorded at 447, classifying it under the ‘severe’ category, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The combination of fog-related flight disruptions and the severe air quality index adds to the challenges faced by residents and authorities in the national capital.

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