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RELIEF-CUM-CHOAS: Water logging at Chanakyapuri underpass after a heavy downpour in New Delhi on Tuesday.
RELIEF-CUM-CHOAS: Water logging at Chanakyapuri underpass after a heavy downpour in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Waterlogged roads catch citizens unawares

Delay in the arrival of the monsoon in DelhiRail, road traffic affected in many places

NEW DELHI: Heavy pre-monsoon showers lashed the Capital on Tuesday morning thoroughly exposing the "preparedness" of the civic agencies, as waterlogged roads left both people and vehicles stranded for hours on end. The showers also affected traffic at the Delhi airport with 17 flights being delayed between 7-30 a.m. and 9-30 a.m.

Delhi received 70 mm of rainfall in the morning, bringing much-needed relief to the citizens as the mercury dipped well below the normal levels. On Tuesday, the minimum temperature recorded was 21.5 degrees Celsius, eight degrees below normal, while the maximum temperature on Wednesday is likely to hover around 33 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal.

Despite more showers being forecast over the next couple of days, Meteorological Department officials asserted that the monsoon is likely to miss its June 29 arrival date with the Capital. Though the South-West Monsoon hit Kerala on May 26, five days ahead of schedule, the "weak trend" has been continuing since June 8 leading to delay in the arrival of the monsoon here, they added.

Sharp showers for a couple of hours in the morning saw Delhi'ites' worst fears coming true as several major roads in the city were waterlogged. Long stretches of Ring Road, ITO crossing, Vikas Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Mathura Road and Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road were chocked with traffic due to water logging.

People in many localities, including Model Town, Rajouri Garden, Yamuna Bazar and Kashmere Gate, complained about water from overflowing drains entering their homes. Similarly, railway underpasses at Chanakyapuri, Minto Road and Tilak Bridge were also partially submerged.

350 complaints

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which has opened a centralised control room at Town Hall and all zonal offices, received over 350 complaints of water logging from across the Capital. The maximum number of complaints were received from Rohini zone (97), followed by Civil Lines (50), Karol Bagh, South (30 each), Shahdara-South (19), West and Sadar Paharganj (18 each).

Monsoon advances

PTI, UNI report: Heavy rains lashed most parts of north India on Tuesday affecting rail and road traffic at some places, but the Meteorological Department said monsoon was yet to hit the region, though it was knocking at the doors. ``Today, the southwest monsoon has further advanced into Saurashtra and Kutch areas and some parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Conditions are favourable for its further advancement into remaining parts of Uttar Pradesh," a senior Met official said.

Heavy rains caused by a western disturbance lashed the region. Kalka-Chandigarh-Delhi Shatabdi express reached its destination in the capital two hours behind schedule as heavy rains lashed Sonepat and Delhi. Nilokheri was the wettest place in Haryana after receiving 45.4 mm of rains. Ambala, Kurukshetra and Karnal had light rains while Panipat and Sonepat were lashed by heavy rains and many areas in these two towns remained waterlogged.

In Mumbai, incessant rains since last night threw city life out of gear with the local trains as well as road traffic being affected. Water logging was also reported in some low-lying areas of Andheri subway, Milan subway in Western suburbs and other parts affecting the road traffic as the rains continued to lash the city and its suburbs.

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