dust storm delhi

New Delhi: Normal life was thrown out of gear on Friday evening as a dust storm, recorded at 81 km per hour, blew across Delhi, followed by drizzle that brought down the temperature. The sudden change in weather led to the disruption of schedule of flights. Also, train services on the recently-opened Pink Line of the Delhi Metro remained affected for around two hours yesterday after a section of the overhead electrification (OHE) tripped on the downline. The Pink Line corridor, which connects Majlis Park station to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station, was opened on March 14.

As per Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, the OHE of downline (towards South Campus) kept tripping from 6:25 pm onwards because of the sudden storm. “To keep the services running properly, trains were run on the up line between Naraina and South Campus section. One train which was stuck between Cantt and South Campus section due to OHE tripping was vacated (carrying 23 passengers) towards Cantt side as it was quite near,” the DMRC said in a statement. Tripping issues on this section were sorted out at 8:20 pm.

In the meantime, dust storm also forced diversion of 29 flights, Indira Gandhi International Airport operator DIAL said in a late night statement. A number of flights, included one of Nepal Airlines from Kathmandu, were diverted between 5.45 pm and 7.25 pm. Out of 29, 12 flights were diverted to Amritsar and eight to Lucknow. The airlines took to their respective Twitter handles to announce the diversions.

Friday’s maximum temperature settled at 36.6 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. “Due to the drizzle, the temperature dipped to 28.4 degrees,” a Met official said. The sky is likely to remain partly cloudy, he added.

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