The Hush Post: Winter fog is a major reason for delays, accidents and deaths in North India and it brings down the visibility almost to zero. Fog also results in cancellation of trains and subsequent harassment of passengers. As a result, the Indian Railways have decided to cancel 46 trains between December 1 and February 13. The cancellations of these many trains will hurt daily passengers the most. Along with the cancellation, the frequency of 28 trains has been reduced too during this period. Eight trains have been partially cancelled, four have been diverted while 46 have been put under a total halt. Some of the trains that have been cancelled are Agra Intercity Express, 15209 Saharsa-Amritsar Express, 12179 Lucknow Junction-Agra Cantt. Express, 14674 Amritsar-Jainagar Shaheed Express and Lucknow-Anand Vihar Express. Trains like the Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express, Jainagar-New Delhi Express, Barauni-Ambala Hariharnath Express will remain suspended on every Thursday between December 1 and February 13. The Jainagar-Amritsar Express will also not ply on Fridays between December 1 and February 13.
In the meanwhile, Railways are in the process of testing the LED fog lights and other technologies in north-bound trains. This is being done to enhance visibility for pilots during bad weather conditions, but this entire process is in the initial stages. Every winter, all the trains headed north get delayed for hours and sometime even one full day due to poor visibility during foggy weather.