According to reports, over 24 passenger trains, 290 state roadways night service buses and many flights were cancelled as the foggy conditions continue to prevail in the state. A number of buses were even withdrawn from the fleets in Saharanpur, Meerut, Jhansi, Allahabad, and between Lucknow and New Delhi.

"This has been necessitated owing to poor visibility and inclement weather. We do not want to risk the lives of passengers and hence a decision to cancel many night buses has been taken," an official of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation said.

Northern Railway officials highlighted that more than 70 percent of the trains were running behind their schedule. These trains included Raptisagar Express, Shatabdi Express, Kaifiyat Express, Lokmanya Tilak, Pushpak Express, Kota-Patna Express, Vaishali, and Marudhar Express. The lone train between Varanasi and Dehradun, Janta Express, has also been cancelled till January 16, a railway official said. Railway officials admitted that restricted movement of trains has left passengers in lurch.

Poor visibility and extreme foggy conditions also disrupted air services, with Go Air cancelling its Delhi-Lucknow and Lucknow-Delhi morning flight (G-8-187/188) till January 10. The Spicejet cancelled its night flight (SG-419) between Lucknow and Mumbai till January 31.

Fog in the state capital also bedeviled the power supply as high moisture helped the dust laden insulators and 11 KV lines gather dew because of which they snapped, leading to outages in many parts of the city.

Meanwhile, the MeT Office said the weather will continue to remain the same for the next few days and in some places the mercury is likely to drop even further.

(Agencies)

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