Dense Fog Envelops Mumbai, Poor Visibility Cripples Rail Services
New Delhi, December 9: Mumbaikars on Saturday woke up to a foggy morning with poor visibility, leading to severe disruption of rail services. Several trains are running late as much as 40 minutes, due to the heavy fog which has enveloped areas like Wadala and Sion.
The delay in the schedule of the trains has irked the commuters, following which they staged a rail roko protest near Vasind station. Apart from railways, road transport of the city is also affected.
Appealing the commuters to not to resort to violent protests, a Central Railway spokesperson said, “Due to heavy fog, trains are running around 30-40 minutes late. Sincere appeal to commuters not to resort to unlawful means of rail roko. This will further delay the train operations, inconveniencing all. The dense fog in suburban section is beyond Kalyan. Visibility is poor hence many trains are running late.”
However, the SkyMet officials have predicted clear sky later in the day, with the maximum temperatures expected to rise at 31 degrees. The minimum temperature is expected to be 19 degrees.
Meanwhile, in national capital Delhi, eight trains were cancelled and 15 delayed due to fog in several parts of northern India, while two were rescheduled. “The sky will be clear and the maximum temperature is likely to be around 25 degrees Celsius,” an India Meteorological Department official had said.