SMOG SLOWS RAIL, ROAD TRAFFIC; CHD-DELHI, CHD-LUD, LUD-AMRTISAR HIGHWAYS WORST HIT

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The Hush Post, Ludhiana: Smog which has led to many accidents in north India, continued to choke the capital as train traffic and road traffic was hit by low visibility. Close to a dozen cities in the north are hit by  cold wave and accompanying smog.

Like the rail, the road traffic moved very slowly due to dense fog. The decreased visibility was the reason trains were running late with Sampoorna Kranti Express delayed for over 26 hours. 50 trains are running late while 15 have been cancelled.

Passengers got messages from the railways informing them about the latest arrival time but the train did not arrive in time. Some of them have been on the New Delhi station close to two days with below 10 degrees temperature outside.

The average visibility remains around 100 metres but sometimes, the smog causes visibility as low as five metres. Similar, is the situation across the north, including Chandigarh, Panipat, Sonipat, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

In Chandigarh, the Kalka-Shimla road and Shimla-Zirakpur road was badly hit by dense smog while the main highway running from Chandigarh to Ludhiana also brought the traffic to almost a halt near Doraha since yesterday. Similarly, movement of traffic from Ludhiana to Ferozepur has been hit as also between Ludhiana to Jalandhar and Amritsar. Traffic between Neelon and Ropar is also moving at a pace of 25 kms an hour due to heavy smog. The situation of smog will persist till 8th of January.

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