CHANDIGARH: Ten persons died in road accidents across the state due to poor visibility caused by foggy conditions in the time period between Monday night till Tuesday evening. As many as 90 trains passing through the region were cancelled, while vehicles moved at a snail’s pace on busy national and state highways across the state.
With dense fog enveloping the state resulting and the mercury plummeting, normal life was affected. Vehicular traffic remained disrupted on the Ambala-Yamunagar-Dehradun, Ambala-Karnal-Delhi and Ambala-Hisar-Sirsa national highways besides the Bhiwani-Rohtak- Delhi stretch through out the day on Tuesday. Rail traffic on these stretches was also affected.
The minimum temperature dipped to 5 degrees celsuis in Hisar, while the minimum temperature in Karnal was a little above 4 degrees celsius, becoming the second coldest city of Haryana. The metrological department of the Sirsa-based air force station recorded a minimum temperature of 2 degrees celsius and a maximum temperature of 23 degrees celsius in the city.
Dense fog resulted in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Ambala-Delhi national highway, while train schedules were derailed resulting in cancellation of 90 trains in the region.
Railway officials said that the Kisan Express (Bhathinda-Sirsa-Delhi) was also running late.
“It took us 40 minutes to cover a distance of 45km from Chandigarh to Ambala. It took us nine hours to reach Delhi from Chandigarh,” rued Satya Kumar Datt, a resident of Vikas Puri in Delhi.
Officials monitoring the temperature at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute in Karnal revealed that mercury plunged to a low of 4.2 degrees celsius on Tuesday, while the maximum temperature was recorded at 17.8 degrees celsius.
Reduced visibility on Tuesday morning lead to some accidents including pile-ups imvolving multiple vehicles in the region.
Vehicular movement on the Panchkula-Naraingarh-Yamunangar stretch was also hit due to foggy conditions.