ISLAMABAD: The residents witnessed thick fog in several areas of the twin cities, especially on the motorway on Tuesday. The visibility remained low on the roads of Rawalpindi and Islamabad that created problems for the road users.
The Meteorological Department predicted mainly cold and dry weather in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours.
Partly cloudy weather with chances of light rain and snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places. Temperature of Islamabad was recorded 6 degree centigrade.
Meanwhile, the 162-kilometre Thokar Niaz Beg-Kot Momin section of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway has been closed off for all vehicles due to zero visibility caused by the dense fog.
A motorway police spokesman told Radio Pakistan that the road was expected to be reopened after improvement of the visibility. He said all other roads were open to traffic despite fog.
Meanwhile, the National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) N-5 (N) underlined the need to take precautionary measures for passengers travelling in fog.
NH&MP N-5 (N) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Muhammad Zubair Hashmi asked road users to avoid travelling during the foggy weather, said a press release issued on Tuesday.
He urged motorists to check their vehicles if travelling was necessary. He said motorists should use fog and hazard lights while travelling in fog.
He said people should drive their vehicles at low speeds during foggy weather and avoid changing lanes repeatedly.
The DIG said special control rooms had been established on N-5(N) GT Road at Khairabad, Motorway Chowk Islamabad, Jhelum and Gujranwala to facilitate the road users. He said passengers should get information from 051-5494285, 0923-695043, 0556-816100, 0544-647364 before travelling in the fog-hit areas.
The NH&MP North Zone Spokesman Aftab Aslam urged people to take all precautionary measures while travelling, and said heavy fog was expected on the GT Road from Swabi to Islamabad and Kharian to Kala Shah Kaku.
Previously, the NH&MP had announced to ban entry of vehicles without fog lights and reflectors on the motorway after December 10. The NH&MP also announced that it would establish Fog Information Centres at main toll plazas in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Peshawar and Lahore.
The centres would gather reports about weather conditions from the Met Department and inform drivers.
Moreover, electronic boards and LEDs displaying weather updates would be installed at toll plazas. NH&MP Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Muhammad Wisal Fakhar Sultan directed the officials concerned to make these arrangements for passengers travelling on the motorway. He ordered to brief drivers of all the vehicles, especially goods transport vehicles, about the installation of fog lights and reflectors.
He issued these directions at a meeting held to review safety measures on the motorway. During the meeting, sector commanders briefed the DIG about various problems and most fog-affected areas on the motorway and the preventive steps taken by the NH&MP.
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