Fog Management

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It has become common to wake up to foggy mornings this winter in the Kashmir valley. Fog poses unique challenges that demand a comprehensive and coordinated approach from both the government as well as the people. Dense fog not only delays the departure and landings of flights at the Srinagar airport but also poses challenges to the drivers and commuters elsewhere. Fog also causes road accidents globally that at times causes loss of lives. As per a report, road accidents caused due to foggy and misty weather conditions across India claimed 13,372 lives in 2021 and another 25,360 were left injured. Hence, there is a need to create more awareness among commuters to take maximum precautions. As we keep expanding our road networks and build more highways, there is a need to find some solutions of how to warn or alert the drivers on such stretches, which usually see concentration of fog. In addressing the complexities of fog management in the Kashmir valley that experiences harsh winters, the government can play a pivotal role through various measures. Investing in advanced meteorological infrastructure is crucial for accurate and real-time weather forecasting. This enables timely alerts and strategic planning in response to fog patterns. Upgrading transportation systems with cutting-edge technology, such as intelligent traffic management systems and real-time communication tools, enhances road safety during foggy conditions. Promoting and improving public transportation reduces the number of private vehicles on the roads during fog, easing congestion and enhancing overall safety. Launching extensive community awareness programs educates the public about safe practices during fog, emphasizing the importance of using headlights, reducing speed, and maintaining safe distances. Emergency services must be well-prepared to handle situations exacerbated by fog, with equipped vehicles and trained personnel for low-visibility scenarios. Given the significance of air travel in Kashmir, upgrading aviation infrastructure is crucial. Airports should be equipped with state-of-the-art navigation systems to facilitate safe travel even in foggy conditions. Ensuring well-maintained roads and effective drainage systems minimize waterlogging, a condition that often exacerbates fog. Clear roadways contribute to improved visibility and safer travel. While the government implements these measures, individuals also have crucial responsibilities for effective fog management. Prioritizing safe driving practices, including reducing speed, using headlights and fog lights appropriately, and avoiding unnecessary travel, prevents accidents and ensures the safety of all road users. Staying informed about weather forecasts and advisories enables individuals to plan their journeys effectively during foggy conditions. Equipping vehicles with functional fog lights and using them appropriately enhances visibility, reducing the risk of accidents. Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles is crucial during fog, allowing for longer reaction times and sudden stops in emergencies. Opting for public transportation whenever possible reduces the overall number of vehicles on the road, contributing to improved traffic management. Following guidelines and instructions provided by traffic authorities ensures collective safety. Being prepared for emergencies by carrying necessary items and emergency contact information is crucial for unexpected delays or situations during foggy weather conditions.

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