Ujjain : A thick blanket of fog covered the city on Monday morning and brought the temperature down to 9.0 degrees Celsius. More than ten trains were delayed and passengers were left stranded on railway platforms, battling the winter chill. Poor visibility also hit the road traffic in the city, as vehicular activity was little in the morning.

Many trains like Malwa Express, Ujjaini Express, Awantika Express, Narmada Express, Puri-Valsad Express and even the Ajmer-Bhopal Intercity Express reached here hours late. It was a harrowing time for passengers who were stranded at the railway station. Most express trains in the division are running late by hours.

The long distance trains were most affected due to the thick fog. Many trains had to be rescheduled. Shanti Express from Gandhi Nagar arrived 1 hour late from its scheduled time to Ujjain station. The passengers, including women and children waiting for hours together at the railway platforms for their trains, were at the receiving end.

They said that the waiting area on platform number one was almost open which exposed them to chill while provisions for seating at other platforms were inadequate. Railway officials said the train schedule often went haywire during such weather conditions and nothing could be done about it. Certain safety precautions and speed limit have to be observed by loco-pilots due to poor visibility, especially during early morning and late evening hours, they added.

The meteorological department has predicted fog over the next two days with the maximum and minimum temperature hovering around 21 degrees Celsius and 8 degrees Celsius, respectively. There will be a dip in the day temperature and the nights will become chillier, weatherman added. The chill forced many to cover themselves in woolens. For the homeless, the only solace was bonfires which they lit under trees and in parks. The sun showed up for three hours in the afternoon.

Poor visibility hit the travel plans of residents. The residents faced inconvenience while commuting on vehicles. As per weathermen, cold and dry conditions, with a possibility of fog, would prevail in the next 24 hours.

School timings changed

Seeking the cold weather, collector Kavindra Kiyawat, rescheduled the school timings of primary to middle school. The schools of morning shift of the district will now start at 8.30 am in the morning and the order will imply to every school whether private or government irrespective of affiliated boards.

Another beggar dies of cold!

Belying the tall claims of good administration of Ujjain Municipal Corporation another beggar died of cold here on Sunday night. The beggar was found dead near Chamunda Mata temple and died of Hypothermia. Locals said she used to live beside the temple. Dewasgate police reached the spot and shifted the body to Civil Hospital for a postmortem. This is the second death due to cold this year and MC is yet to refresh the Rain Basera’s and distribute Woodstock for campfires.

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