JAIPUR: The spell of rain accompanied by early morning fog and mist for the second consecutive day affected the air, road and rail traffic.
Many authors and delegates of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) who were to catch a morning flight to Delhi from Jaipur airport had to take road route to reach Delhi. "They insisted because one flight was cancelled and others delayed. Since they had to catch their connecting flights from Delhi to avoid any further inconvenience they were sent by road," said Sanjoy Roy, the producer of JLF.
At least 200 persons including authors and delegates were returning after attending the festival and were to take flights to their countries from Delhi. "The worst part is that they had their connecting flights are from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Even after we took a decision of sending them via road many of them missed their flights from Delhi due to the delay," said a volunteer looking after the boarding, lodging and travel of the authors and delegates at JLF.
According to the officials of the Airport Authority of India, Jaipur a flight which takes off to Delhi at 8.30 am was cancelled and at least 4 early morning flights landed and took off as late as 3 hours. Not only the delegates of JLF many others faced inconvenience since the flight operations remained affected due to the early morning drizzles and fog till noon.
Likewise, thousands of passengers were seen at Gandhi Nagar and Jaipur railway station since majority of the early morning trains coming to Jaipur were running late. Serpentine queues were seen outside the booking counters of the Jaipur railway station due to the excessive delays in arrivals and departures of the trains.
"There has not been a proper response to our query on the departure and arrival of the train. My train is two hours late, thus I have decided to take a bus to Ahmedabad," said Ansh Hajela a passenger at the Jaipur railway station.
Trains including Howarh-Jodhpur, Sialdah express, Puja Express, Aashram Express were running late. Officials of the NWR however maintained that with the glowing sign boards, announcements and updates on 139 services were clearly mentioning about the delays various trains witnessed.
Similar conditions were seen at the Sindhi Camp bus stand, where the buses coming from Delhi and Agra were delayed up to 3 hours. Due to the early morning fog in Haryana and Bharatpur the buses coming from Delhi and Agra got delayed and people coming to take their passengers were waiting in numbers at the bus stand.
Source..Times of india