The Hush Post: About one lakh passengers were stranded as about 400 trains were delayed due to heavy fog across the country on December 31, the after effects of which will clearly stay for a couple of days. Those planning their train journey should carefully plan the mode of travel given the heavy fog, particularly, in the north. According to the official data, as of December 31 midnight, 400 mail and express trains reached their destinations late after getting delayed on account of fog. Today morning at 7:30 am, 56 trains arrived late, 20 were rescheduled and 15 trains were cancelled. While Patna Rajdhani Express and Poorva Express were 12 hours late, Rewa Express and Magadh Express were running 11 hours late. Meanwhile, the Railways said that it has started Fog Pass Device (Fog Pilot Assistance System), which is GPS-enabled and can continuously calculate the distance of the train in relation to the next landmark, enabling drivers to know when exactly a signal is approaching.
The national transporter has recently installed more than 4,900 such devices in the most fog-affected railway zones – northern, north-central, north-eastern and north-western. There is a proposal to install additional more than 1,100 such devices to take the total to 6,095, covering the most-affected zones, the national transporter said.