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Bogi festival: Smoke disrupts flight services in Chennai

Bogi festival: Smoke disrupts flight services in Chennai

The services were expected to resume after 9 AM.

Chennai: Early morning smog in the city and its neighbourhood impacted rail and air traffic, as burning on the occasion of Bhogi affected visibility, officials said.

As the city is ready to give a grand welcome to the harvest season celebrations in the wake of the Bogi festival have resulted in dense smog, thus break off flight services from 3 am on Saturday morning.

The flights were diverted to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Colombo airports, he told BusinessLine. Several flights were also cancelled. They flew in from various destinations such as Kuwait, Sharjah and Delhi.

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Elsewhere in the city, motorists drove their vehicles with headlights on due to the smoke cover which descended on the city.

Sun came out shining around 8 am, with visibility levels improving.

It is said that almost 12 flights were diverted and almost 30 delayed in view of the smoke generated due to the ritualistic burning of old articles on account of festivities, which has caused a dip in visibility. The government conducts regular awareness campaigns ahead of Bhogi to promote smoke-free celebrations during the festival.


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