LAHORE – Dense fog engulfed motorways and the National Highway in various parts of Punjab causing poor visibility and disrupted road and train travelling on Sunday. However, Motorway section M-1 from Burhan to Swabi has been opened for vehicular traffic due to improved visibility. Motorway section M-2 from Lahore to Kot Momin has also been opened after improvement in visibility range.
Motorway section M-3 from Faizpur to Abdul Hakeem was closed for traffic due to poor visibility caused by dense fog, a spokesperson of the Motorway Police said. Motorway section M-4 from Pindi Bhattian to Multan was also closed for vehicles for the same reason, the Motorway Police said. Motorway section M-5 from Multan to Sukkur was also closed for vehicular traffic in the morning.
Swat Motorway was closed from Colonel Sher Khan Interchange to Chakdara and the motorway section from Multan to Khaniwal was closed for vehicles as fog blanketed the road, the Motorway Police said.
Fog also covered the National Highway at Lahore, Chuhang, Mohlanwal, Manga Mandi, Phool Nagar, Jimbir, Pattoki, Okara, Habibabad, Renala Khurd, Sahiwal, Harappa, Cheechawatani, Kasuwal, Iqbal Nagar, Mian Channu, Khaniwal and Multan, according to the road police.
Fog also covered Bahawalpur, Ahmedpur East, Tirinda, Mohammad Panah, Rahim Yar Khan and Sadiqabad.
The visibility range at the sections of National Highway affected by fog has been upto 30 metres, the Motorway Police said. “The road users should use fog lights while driving, avoid overspeed and should keep proper distance from other vehicles,” the police has advised.
Dense fog disrupted trains schedule as several trains reached at their destinations late, causing difficulties for rail passengers. According to train status given by the railways online on Sunday, 1-Up Khyber Mail was late for 3:15 hours, 5-Up Greenline was 4:25 hours late, 7-Up Tezgam 3:00 hrs, 9-Up Allama Iqbal Express 4:00 hrs, 11-Up Hazara Express 3:45 hours, 13-Up Awam Express 6:15 hrs,15-Up Karachi Express 7:40 hrs, 17-Up Millat Express 5:00 hrs, 25-Up Bahauddin Zikrya Express 3:00 hrs, 27-Up Shalimar Express 1:15 hrs, 33-Up Pak Business Express 5:00 hrs, 35-Up Sir Syed Express 3:40 hrs, 37-Up Fareed Express 1:40 hrs, 39-Up Jaffer Express 4:10 hrs, 43-Up Shah Hussain Express 6:45 hrs, 45-Up Pakistan Express 4:30 hrs and 47-Up Rehman Baba Express was 7:15 hours late.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has forecast dense fog in most parts of the province including provincial capital during the next 24 hours.
According to synoptic situation, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country.
According to the Met. department, dense fog is likely in Jhelum, Gujranwala, Lahore, Khushab and others cities.
Noorpurthal, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Toba Tek Singh, Joharabad, Jhang, Okara, Multan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal, Sahiwal. However, cold and dry weather is expected in other parts of the province.
Maximum and minimum temperature was recorded in city as 12 and 5 degrees Celsius, respectively on Sunday.