Chandigarh: Dense fog enveloping the northern region has hit the movement of essential items, including foodgrain, coal supply for power plants, while industry is fearing the worst in Punjab and Haryana as deliveries are getting delayed through road and rail transport.
"Current weather conditions have completely upset the movement of wheat and rice to other states as thick blanket of fog has hit the train movement. We intended to move maximum quantity of foodgrain to other states for the month of December but all our plans have got disturbed," a senior official of Food Corporation of India (FCI) told reporters on Monday.
FCI had planned to evacuate about 21 lakh tonne of wheat and rice from Punjab in December but it could manage to send about 13 lakh tonne in the whole month through rail as it could get only 374 rail rakes instead of 651 it had planned for December, official said.
In Haryana, FCI could get 219 rail rakes for food grain movement against 339 rakes which were planned for this month, official said here. "We could move out 8 lakh tonne of wheat and rice from Haryana against planned movement of 10.90 lakh tonne of foodgrain," FCI official informed.
Punjab and Haryana, two agrarian states are already facing severe storage crisis because of slow movement of foodgrain and inadequate storage godowns, official sources said. The coal supply to thermal power plants in Punjab was also hit because of foggy weather as state owned power utility Punjab State Power Corporation Limited could get 7 rakes (one rake contains 3,500-4,000 tonne of coal) instead of usual supply of 9-10 rakes daily.
Foggy conditions prevailing in Punjab and Haryana has thrown the normal life out of gear as rail, road and air traffic have been disrupted due to low visibility. Major impact of foggy conditions was felt on the movement of food grain including wheat and rice from both Punjab and Haryana to consuming states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashatra among other states.


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